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A mathematician and ...
The following sketches show our dedication to abstract thinking
in the most unusual situations and strong belief in the universality of
mathematical methods. Mathematicians are always impatient and
intelligent.
A mathematician, a physicist, an engineer went to the races and
laid their money down. Commiserating in the bar after the race, the engineer
says, "I don't understand why I lost all my money. I measured all the horses
and calculated their strength and mechanical advantage and figured out how
fast they could run..."
The physicist interrupted him: "...but you didn't take individual
variations into account. I did a statistical analysis of their previous
performances and bet on the horses with the highest probability of
winning..."
"...so if you're so hot why are you broke?" asked the engineer. But
before the argument can grow, the mathematician takes out his pipe and they
get a glimpse of his wellfattened wallet. Obviously here was a man who
knows something about horses. They both demanded to know his secret.
"Well," he says, "first I assumed all the horses were identical and
spherical..."
An engineer, a physicist and a mathematician are staying in a hotel.
The engineer wakes up and smells smoke. He goes out into the hallway and
sees a fire, so he fills a trash can from his room with water and douses the
fire. He goes back to bed. Later, the physicist wakes up and smells
smoke. He opens his door and sees a fire in the hallway. He walks down the
hall to a fire hose and after calculating the flame velocity, distance,
water pressure, trajectory, etc. extinguishes the fire with the minimum
amount of water and energy needed. Later, the mathematician wakes up and
smells smoke. He goes to the hall, sees the fire and then the fire hose. He
thinks for a moment and then exclaims, "Ah, a solution exists!" and then
goes back to bed.
A physicist and a mathematician are sitting in a faculty lounge.
Suddenly, the coffee machine catches on fire. The physicist grabs a bucket
and leap towards the sink, filled the bucket with water and puts out the
fire. Second day, the same two sit in the same lounge. Again, the coffee
machine catches on fire. This time, the mathematician stands up, got a
bucket, hands the bucket to the physicist, thus reducing the problem to a
previously solved one.
A mathematician
and an engineer are on desert island. They find two palm trees with one
coconut each. The engineer climbs up one tree, gets the coconut, eats. The
mathematician climbs up the other tree, gets the coconut, climbs the other
tree and puts it there. "Now we've reduced it to a problem we know how to
solve."
A biologist, a physicist and a mathematician were sitting in a street
cafe watching the crowd. Across the street they saw a man and a woman
entering a building. Ten minutes 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.
