Judging by the facebook group "I Wish I Were Your Derivative So I Could Lie Tangent To Your Curves!" with 42,000 members, everybody **loves **a math joke. My roommate, a math major, is especially into them...here's one she loves to tell (copied from an article in the American Mathematical Society Journal, with a link to the article below). Seriously, she even told it at a Harvard party that we went to, with an audience of future lawyers and chemists:

"A biologist, a physicist, and a mathematician were sitting in a street caf√© watching the crowd. Across the street they saw a man and a woman entering a building. Ten minutes later they reappeared together with a third person. “They have multiplied,” said the biologist. “Oh no, an error in measurement,” the physicist sighed. “If exactly one person enters the building now, it will be empty again,” the mathematician concluded."

If you're interested, check out this article in the American Mathematical Society Journal, called Foolproof: A Sampling

of Mathematical Folk Humor by Paul Renteln and Alan Dundes

Here are some I received in an email:

I've definitely felt like doing this before....

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Clever!

Posted by: glareflair17 on November 6, 2006

(A metric space where every cauchy sequence converges to an element of said metric space is 'complete'.)

Posted by: Robert Carr on November 6, 2006

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Posted by: Kelly on November 6, 2006

Posted by: Sam Jackson on November 6, 2006

A mathematician is someone who thinks that if there are supposed to be three people in a room and five walk out, then two must enter the room in order for it to be empty.

Posted by: faye on November 6, 2006

Posted by: Jess on November 6, 2006

And: No Study = Fail

1. Study + No Study = Fail + No Fail

2. Study ( 1 + No ) = Fail ( 1 + No )

3. Study ( 1 + No ) = Fail ( 1 + No )

-------- ----------

( 1 + No ) ( 1 + No )

Q.E.D. Study = Fail

...(*stares at Study Guide*).... "Curse You"

Posted by: Nathan Valdez on November 6, 2006

Step 3. divides by (1+NO) not (1+No)(1+No),

though I'm sure everyone got that.

Posted by: Nathan Valdez on November 6, 2006

Posted by: Prasanna Gautam on November 6, 2006

You've got three cups of coffee and 14 sugar cubes. Without breaking any individual cubes in pieces, how do you split these cubes up so that you have an odd amount in each cup?

Given up?

1, 1, and 12

(But, Melissa, 12 isn't an odd number!)

Don't ya think it's kinda odd to put 12 sugar cubes in one cup of coffee?

Posted by: Melissa Hunt on November 6, 2006

Posted by: Will Miao on November 6, 2006

here's the link:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v74/toe212/0infinity.jpg

Posted by: Will Miao on November 6, 2006

Posted by: Deb on November 6, 2006

yea... that's what i get for eagerly looking at the math jokes first.

Posted by: Deb on November 6, 2006

Math jokes rock!

Posted by: Gauri on November 6, 2006

Math jokes rock!

Posted by: Gauri on November 6, 2006

Math jokes rock!

Posted by: Gauri on November 6, 2006

Hence 1dollar = 1 cent

Posted by: anon MMX on November 6, 2006

Posted by: Justin K. on November 6, 2006

Posted by: Thorn on November 6, 2006

I also received that email; you must have been forwarded by one of my friends! I like the joke "I Wish I Were Your Derivative So I Could Lie Tangent To Your Curves!"

Posted by: Thuita Maina on November 7, 2006

Posted by: Anon on November 7, 2006

Disclaimer: This has nothing to do with math jokes

Posted by: Ruben on November 7, 2006

Posted by: pranav on November 7, 2006

Posted by: GOD on November 7, 2006

I like the blondie one

Posted by: Jack on November 7, 2006

do u have some more, such as bio jokes, chem jokes and physics jokes?

Posted by: Ying Wei on November 7, 2006

Posted by: Guyomar on November 7, 2006

Hence 1dollar = 1 cent"

Mm... this joke is wrong. the actual result from [(1/10 dollar)*(1/10 dollar)] is NOT (1/100 dollar) rather it is (1/100 dollar^2) therefore, it's NOT equal to 1 cent.

Posted by: 0 on November 7, 2006

Hence 1dollar = 1 cent"

Mm... this joke is wrong. the actual result from [(1/10 dollar)*(1/10 dollar)] is NOT (1/100 dollar) rather it is (1/100 dollar^2) therefore, it's NOT equal to 1 cent.

Posted by: Omar on November 7, 2006

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Posted by: Chun on November 7, 2006

An engineer, a physicist, and a mathematician are trying to set up a fenced-in area for some sheep, but they have a limited amount of building material. The engineer gets up first and makes a square fence with the material, reasoning that it's a pretty good working solution. "No no," says the physicist, "there's a better way." He takes the fence and makes a circular pen, showing how it encompasses the maximum possible space with the given material.

Then the mathematician speaks up: "No, no, there's an even better way." To the others' amusement he proceeds to construct a little tiny fence around himself, then declares:

"I define myself to be on the outside."

Posted by: Michael on November 7, 2006

Eventually the pessimist goes to the bathroom and while he's gone, the optimist brings over the waitress, who's a vacant-eyed blonde (oops! maybe this is a blonde joke). He hands her $10 and says, "When my friend comes back, I'll call you to the table, and I'll ask you a question. Just answer 'log x' and there's another $10 in it for you."

The friend returns, and the guy says, "You know, I think the general public DOES know more math than you think. I'll bet you $100 that the blonde waitress can integrate 1/x." Of course the other guy accepts, the waitress is brought over, and she's asked, "What is the integral of 1/x?"

She answers, "log x", then pauses, and adds, "plus an arbitrary constant."

Posted by: Bryan on November 7, 2006

Posted by: Amy on November 7, 2006

This is sort of chauvinistic, but it's all in good fun. :D

We all know women take both time and money.

Hence,

women=time*money

Now, we all know the expression time=money

Thus,

women=(money)*money=money^2

Now, everyone says that money is the root of all evil.

Thus,

money=sqrt(evil)

Hence,

women=(money)^2

=sqrt(evil)^2

=evil

So,

women=evil.

:D.

Posted by: James on November 8, 2006

i liked the one about expand (a+b)^n...thz really a nice way to study maths...:D

Posted by: Shashank on November 8, 2006

Posted by: Shashank on November 8, 2006

http://xkcd.com/c161.html

http://xkcd.com/c152.html

http://xkcd.com/c138.html

http://xkcd.com/c123.html

http://xkcd.com/c111.html

http://xkcd.com/c18.html

Enjoy!

Posted by: Toby on November 9, 2006

Posted by: Sarab on November 9, 2006

Posted by: jacksonphobia on November 10, 2006

Try:

http://www.physlink.com/Fun/Jokes.cfm

Posted by: Christianna on November 10, 2006

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