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You're too much of a mathematician if

  1. Sep 2, 2007 #1
    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.
     
    Last edited: Sep 2, 2007
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  3. Sep 2, 2007 #2
    IF you think? It is funny. :biggrin:
     
  4. Sep 2, 2007 #3
    omg I didn't understand it, thank God..!!
     
  5. Sep 2, 2007 #4
    ...if you think that the x-component of the vector formed by your instructors mustache is at its largest value at [tex]\cos \theta = 1[/tex]
     
  6. Sep 2, 2007 #5
    ... if you think the reason the downtown area is called the center is because everyone commutes there.
     
  7. Sep 2, 2007 #6
    .. you can (finally) tell a doughnut from a coffee mug.
     
  8. Sep 2, 2007 #7
    Wouldn't you be a normal person if you can do that? :rolleyes:
     
  9. Sep 2, 2007 #8
    lol, i didn't understand the first one either

    but the others are pretty funny so far
     
  10. Sep 2, 2007 #9

    Gokul43201

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    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.
     
  11. Sep 2, 2007 #10

    morphism

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    Maybe it should've been:

    ...if you can't tell a doughnut from a coffee mug.
     
  12. Sep 2, 2007 #11
    ...if you use the word "trivial" or "evident" more than once a day
     
  13. Sep 2, 2007 #12

    Lisa!

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

    <runs and hides>
     
  14. Sep 2, 2007 #13
    You see, now that would be an engineer/physicist.

    I presume you meant 0.9999999... = 1. :wink:
     
  15. Sep 2, 2007 #14

    Lisa!

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

    You are a mathematician if you say 'A', write 'B' but mean 'C':biggrin:
     
  16. Sep 2, 2007 #15
    If you begin a day to day argument: " For all x such that..."
     
  17. Sep 2, 2007 #16
    that one is good
     
  18. Sep 2, 2007 #17

    morphism

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    I would add "there exists" to that list!

    My favorite one so far is jimmysnyder's. :approve:
     
  19. Sep 2, 2007 #18
    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
     
  20. Sep 2, 2007 #19

    Hurkyl

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    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.
     
  21. Sep 3, 2007 #20

    Lisa!

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    :rofl:
    Thanks!

    Great! You're a real mathematician:approve:
     
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  22. Sep 3, 2007 #21

    mathwonk

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    libelous contumely! all of it. and i can prove it.
     
  23. Sep 3, 2007 #22
    When you and your friends sit around trying to think about whether there are any foods whose boundary is a surface of genus two.
     
  24. Sep 3, 2007 #23

    cristo

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    I use the word "clearly" quite often-- a word I rarely used before studying maths!
     
  25. Sep 3, 2007 #24
    :rofl: no! save me! It's not just in arguments either; non-mathematical language is just so clunky when one is trying to be precise. I mean, what's the english equivalent of (A+B+C)-(A+B)=(A+C)-(A)=C? The only thing I could come up with was "B cancels" :rolleyes:
     
  26. Sep 3, 2007 #25
    When you begin to define everyone you know in terms of matrices representing their characteristics.
     
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