0410: "Math Paper"
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0410: "Math Paper"
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Alt text: That's nothing. I once lost my genetics, rocketry, and stripping licenses in a single incident.
Awesome comic. The mathier the better I always say.
Also, mathematicians need imaginary friends, as they haven't any real ones. (Oh, snap!)
I'm looking forward to the day when the SNES emulator on my computer works by emulating the elementary particles in an actual, physical box with Nintendo stamped on the side.
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I was afraid that I was going to have to make the thread.
I chuckled at the last panel and then again at the alt text.
I chuckled at the last panel and then again at the alt text.
Words go here.
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Dammit, so close to getting frist post. Anyway, the best part of this comic is that somehow, Randall has given the stick figure a facial expression in the penultimate panel, despite the figure's not having a face.
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This comic is nice, though I have to admit that I kinda accepted that it worked, since I probably don't know enough mathematics to reason through it (though I am kinda lazy because I have homework right now). But I DO like the premise.
But the alt text disappoints me because it's part of the recent trend that some comics and/or their alt texts have grown more sketchy and less funny than I'd like them to be. This alt text is an example of that.
But the alt text disappoints me because it's part of the recent trend that some comics and/or their alt texts have grown more sketchy and less funny than I'd like them to be. This alt text is an example of that.
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ROFL!
I didn't know you needed a math license... or a stripping license... or that Randall HAD one.
I didn't know you needed a math license... or a stripping license... or that Randall HAD one.
Exactly!
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The one person looks like they have their head bandaged. Is that a doo thingy?
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hehe my friend once wrote "i= Jesus" on a white board. this girl almost cried when he explained it to her
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Thank you Randall.
I believe that I will always remember this comic, not just because I love math and it is a good one, but because this is the xkcd for April 14, 2008, which is the day my daughter is going to be born. We are going to have an induction at 6 am.
Wait, does that mean that if me having a daughter at time n implies that I have a daughter at time n+1, and some time today I will have a daughter, then I will always have a daughter?
[a math pun, to go with the attempted math pun in the comic]
I believe that I will always remember this comic, not just because I love math and it is a good one, but because this is the xkcd for April 14, 2008, which is the day my daughter is going to be born. We are going to have an induction at 6 am.
Wait, does that mean that if me having a daughter at time n implies that I have a daughter at time n+1, and some time today I will have a daughter, then I will always have a daughter?
[a math pun, to go with the attempted math pun in the comic]
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I've said things such as "a process forks, then waits for its children to die" that have elicited unkind remarks from the students, but I'm still allowed to teach
/ji
PS: There was no new thread when I checked the forum; I was trying to figure out how to start a new one, but someone beat me to it. (How *do* you start a new thread for the new comic strip anyway?)
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PS: There was no new thread when I checked the forum; I was trying to figure out how to start a new one, but someone beat me to it. (How *do* you start a new thread for the new comic strip anyway?)
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You just press the new topic button, than post the image, link and alttext.
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When I found out that sexy primes existed, my immediate reaction was that I wanted to become a professional mathematician in the field of number theory and write a paper which studied sexy primes and was very silly about it.
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I don't like Randall's notation. d(n) is normally used to denote the number of divisors of n. I've seen a variety of notations for [imath]\frac{\sigma(n)}{n}[/imath] such as h(n). Of course, I already don't like the use of "friendly numbers" being different than "amicable numbers" which is just annoying especially because I've seen people use the term "friendly" to mean amicable numbers also.
The comic appears to in some ways be a hybrid of the one in which he is expelled from the crypto conference, and the one involving Mussolini and the trains.
Ok, that's enough logical analysis. This comic is awesome. I cannot describe in mere words how awesome this comic is.
The comic appears to in some ways be a hybrid of the one in which he is expelled from the crypto conference, and the one involving Mussolini and the trains.
Ok, that's enough logical analysis. This comic is awesome. I cannot describe in mere words how awesome this comic is.
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pyroman wrote:hehe my friend once wrote "i= Jesus" on a white board. this girl almost cried when he explained it to her
Not serious: Your friend is Jesus?!
Serious: That was mean of him!
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pyroman wrote:hehe my friend once wrote "i= Jesus" on a white board. this girl almost cried when he explained it to her
It's a fairly standard bit of Christian theology that God (and due to the nature of the trinity, Jesus) created Satan, but that Satan fell to sin due to his pride and thus sin entered the world. So I'm rather surprised that she cried when she heard that Jesus is the root of The Negative One. :3
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skeptical scientist wrote:Alt text: That's nothing. I once lost my genetics, rocketry, and stripping licenses in a single incident.
The comic showing how he lost those licenses will appear in xkcd After Dark
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UserGoogol wrote:pyroman wrote:hehe my friend once wrote "i= Jesus" on a white board. this girl almost cried when he explained it to her
It's a fairly standard bit of Christian theology that God (and due to the nature of the trinity, Jesus) created Satan, but that Satan fell to sin due to his pride and thus sin entered the world. So I'm rather surprised that she cried when she heard that Jesus is the root of The Negative One. :3
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UserGoogol wrote:When I found out that sexy primes existed, my immediate reaction was that I wanted to become a professional mathematician in the field of number theory and write a paper which studied sexy primes and was very silly about it.
That's amazing. I'm showing Sexy Primes to all of my Mathfriends now.
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xkcd is becoming the only reason I continue to take upper maths courses, just to better understand the punchline of comics like this one.
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This comic made me smile .
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this is awesome. i cant even count the number of times ive tried working theories and proofs into some sort of pun.
if i can work a bunch of "pcp"s or "pb+j"s into a proof i definately try
anyday where i can get the answer to be some form of root(66) is a good day
if i can work a bunch of "pcp"s or "pb+j"s into a proof i definately try
anyday where i can get the answer to be some form of root(66) is a good day
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Linux0s wrote:The one person looks like they have their head bandaged. Is that a doo thingy?
I think it's a woman with her hair in a bun.
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Why does this show up correctly when I'm not logged in, but when I log in, it turns back into moonspeak?JoshuaZ wrote:[imath]\frac{\sigma(n)}{n}[/imath]
On topic: Of all the groups of people I'm acquainted with (musicians, lawyers, writers, meteorologists, druggies, etc) mathematicians seem to have the strongest attraction to bad puns.
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frozendevil
I'm assuming it has something to do with the "jsMath" button on the bottom right of the page.
I'm assuming it has something to do with the "jsMath" button on the bottom right of the page.
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I like this one. the last frame is very good. 'I'm sorry, We're Revoking Your Math License.'. would someone be ultimately doomed without their math license?? Esp. day to day life. imaging the trouble in adding a bill, working out a tip and calculating the distanced saved using a good short cut with Pythagoras and others. An absolute living hell.
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mightymouse1584 wrote:if i can work a bunch of "pcp"s or "pb+j"s into a proof i definately try
anyday where i can get the answer to be some form of root(66) is a good day
Dude. I am so going to copy you guys and your punniness.
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Maybe the maths licence is actually like a trucker's licence. Randall can't use complex numbers now but just simple arithmetic.
Following on from sexy primes, wikipedia has this wonderful list of other prime groups. Is the product of two cousin primes by definition not a regular prime? Bonus question: If there is a Higgs prime which other famous physicists are prime?
Following on from sexy primes, wikipedia has this wonderful list of other prime groups. Is the product of two cousin primes by definition not a regular prime? Bonus question: If there is a Higgs prime which other famous physicists are prime?
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Looks like the return of Bunhead (and maybe Black Hat) Girl. I've lost count how many times my previous maths teachers would unleash such puns on us in class.
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Randall seems to have developed the ability to draw a new type of hairstyle.
Glasses too it seems.
Has someone been taking drawing classes?
Glasses too it seems.
Has someone been taking drawing classes?
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Luthen wrote:Is the product of two cousin primes by definition not a regular prime?
Until the inbreeding kicks in, anyway.
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This comic, and its subsequent discussion, has made me aware of something called jsMath that appears to be installed on my FireBuffalo. It's very unobtrusive, like a meek friend standing just by the door trying to get your attention with a little wiggle of the finger and a gentle voice, (like Morris's) that says "um, excuse me, errr, hi, hi...just thought you'd like to knowthat is, if it's not too bothersomeI've done a little bit of maths for you. You can see it if you like?"
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frozendevil wrote:Why does this show up correctly when I'm not logged in, but when I log in, it turns back into moonspeak?JoshuaZ wrote:[imath]\frac{\sigma(n)}{n}[/imath]
I believe it only works if you're using prosilver
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Somehow, I suspect actual mathematicians would be more favorably inclined toward such a paper than the ones in this comic.
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UserGoogol wrote:When I found out that sexy primes existed, my immediate reaction was that I wanted to become a professional mathematician in the field of number theory and write a paper which studied sexy primes and was very silly about it.
So primes that differ by two are twin primes, and must therefore share parents. Primes that differ by four are cousin primes and must therefore share grandparents. Primes that differ by six, by logical progression, must share greatgrandparents and be second cousins. Does it count as incest if secondcousins are sexy?
On a related note, according to Wolfram, "there is only a single sexy quintuplet".
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How do we define the divisor function for a gaussian integer, is it just the number of irreducibles that are factors of the number?
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pyroman wrote:hehe my friend once wrote "i= Jesus" on a white board. this girl almost cried when he explained it to her
Ah, maybe that's why Andy Schlafly of the Conservapedia seems to think that complex numbers are a hoax as part of some liberal conspiracy or something. He actually insists that there is no such thing as imaginary numbers, which suggests to me that he's taken the word "imaginary" a bit too literally. I was just reading about this yesterday, so this comic was well timed for me.
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I only came in for speculation about what the "single incident" that revoked the genetics, rocketry, and stripping licenses was.
So far I'm sorely disappointed.
So far I'm sorely disappointed.

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(5,11) isn't just sexy, it's also safe. Too bad it's the only one and I'm sure it's taken.

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Kerubim wrote:I only came in for speculation about what the "single incident" that revoked the genetics, rocketry, and stripping licenses was.
So far I'm sorely disappointed.
I think it has something to do with the rubber rocket....
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Kerubim wrote:I only came in for speculation about what the "single incident" that revoked the genetics, rocketry, and stripping licenses was.
So far I'm sorely disappointed.
The image that immediately popped into my mind was straight out of a Looney Tunes cartoon.
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