# You're too much of a mathematician if

You're too much a mathematician if ...

Hi all,

I thought it would be funny to open a thread like this.
So feel free to post!

You're too much of a mathematician if ...

... if you think that "epsilon < 0" is funny.

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IF you think? It is funny.

omg I didn't understand it, thank God..!!

...if you think that the x-component of the vector formed by your instructors mustache is at its largest value at $$\cos \theta = 1$$

... if you think the reason the downtown area is called the center is because everyone commutes there.

.. you can (finally) tell a doughnut from a coffee mug.

.. you can (finally) tell a doughnut from a coffee mug.
Wouldn't you be a normal person if you can do that?

omg I didn't understand it, thank God..!!
lol, i didn't understand the first one either

but the others are pretty funny so far

Gokul43201
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Wouldn't you be a normal person if you can do that?
The "finally" is important.

...if you deny that there can be such a thing as "too much of a mathematician"... and subsequently disappear in a puff of logic.

morphism
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Maybe it should've been:

...if you can't tell a doughnut from a coffee mug.

...if you use the word "trivial" or "evident" more than once a day

Lisa!
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...if you think .999999999=1:tongue2:

<runs and hides>

...if you think .999999999=1:tongue2:

<runs and hides>
You see, now that would be an engineer/physicist.

I presume you meant 0.9999999... = 1.

Lisa!
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You see, now that would be an engineer/physicist.

I presume you meant 0.9999999... = 1.
Oops...no , now thats a real mathematician considring this 1:

You are a mathematician if you say 'A', write 'B' but mean 'C'

If you begin a day to day argument: " For all x such that..."

Oops...no , now thats a real mathematician considring this 1:

You are a mathematician if you say 'A', write 'B' but mean 'C'
that one is good

morphism
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...if you use the word "trivial" or "evident" more than once a day
I would add "there exists" to that list!

My favorite one so far is jimmysnyder's.

Oops...no , now thats a real mathematician considring this 1:

You are a mathematician if you say 'A', write 'B' but mean 'C'
The professors dilemma: He says 'A', he writes 'B', he means 'C', but it should really be 'D'.

Comes from Polya's How to Solve It

Hurkyl
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...if you use the word "trivial" or "evident" more than once a day
I can't remember it off hand, but there is at least one mathematical term that I use in everyday conversation, because there isn't an 'ordinary' English word that carries precisely the meaning I intend.

Lisa!
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The professors dilemma: He says 'A', he writes 'B', he means 'C', but it should really be 'D'.

Comes from Polya's How to Solve It
:rofl:
Thanks!

I can't remember it off hand, but there is at least one mathematical term that I use in everyday conversation, because there isn't an 'ordinary' English word that carries precisely the meaning I intend.
Great! You're a real mathematician

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mathwonk
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libelous contumely! all of it. and i can prove it.

When you and your friends sit around trying to think about whether there are any foods whose boundary is a surface of genus two.

cristo
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