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    pianolady Monica Hart, Administrator Staff Member Piano Society Artist Trusted Member

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    Do You know the difference between a physicist and a mathematician?
    Well, the following test will tell which type one is: We have a cabin
    in the woods with an unlighted gas stove, an empty pot and a faucet
    with cold running water. What steps would you take to get a pot of hot
    water? Just about everyone answers that they would first pour cold
    water from the faucet into the pot, then light the stove and then put
    the pot on the stove. Well, so far, mathematicians and physicists are
    in agreement, but now comes the crucial test: This time the conditions
    are the same as before, except that now you have a pot already filled
    with cold water. How would you now get a pot of hot water? The usual
    reply is to put the pot of cold water on the stove and then light the
    stove. Well, this is the response of one who has the temperament of a
    physicist. A mathematician would dump out the water from the pot,
    reducing the problem to the previous case, which has already been
    solved.

    A more dramatic version of the test is this: We are given a building
    on fire, a hose and a hydrant. How would you put out the fire? Obviously,
    one would seem to connect the hose to the hydrant, turn on the water
    and the put out the fire. Now suppose the conditions are the same as
    before, only now the building is not on fire. How should you now put out
    the fire? The physicist would do nothing, whereas the mathematician
    would set the building on fire, reducing the problem to the previous
    case, which has already been solved.
     
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    pianolady Monica Hart, Administrator Staff Member Piano Society Artist Trusted Member

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    Do you know the difference between a mathematician, a physicist and an engineer? Well, there were three such professors who had adjacent offices at a university. One day they had lunch together and came back to their offices, they all took out their pipes and started smoking. Then they each dumped their hot ashes in their wastebaskets, which contained paper, and each one caught fire. The engineer took out his slide rule and computed approximately how much water was necessary to quench the fire, took approximately that amount and put the fire out. The physicist computed the upper and lower limits that were necessary, took the average, and put the fire out. The mathematician, using far more refined and sophisticated techniques, computed EXACTLY how much water was necessary, and went back to work.
     
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    :mrgreen:
     
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    pianolady Monica Hart, Administrator Staff Member Piano Society Artist Trusted Member

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    There are three kinds of mathematicians in this world--those who can count and those who cannot.

    (Whew....I was about to say that I didn't get this one, but now I do. :lol: :lol: )
     
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    There are 10 kinds of people in this world... those who understand ternary, those who don't, and those who mistake it for binary...

    :lol: This is what I get for spending highschool on the math team...

    And a riddle:

    Why did the chicken cross the mobius strip???
     
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    pianolady Monica Hart, Administrator Staff Member Piano Society Artist Trusted Member

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    To get to the same side. (that's an old one) :wink:
     
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    Well... my math team advisor is something like 70 years old...
     
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    Several people were lost in a canyon. They decided to test the echo, and shouted: WE ARE LOST! A few minutes later a sound came back: YOU ARE LOST! They realized that of course it was no echo, and one of them said that it must have been a mathematician. When asked why, he replied: “For three reasons. First, he took a long time answering. Second, what he said was perfectly accurate. And third, totally useless!
     
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    Wow, Raymond must not like mathematicians.
     
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    I was just thinking the same. :p Poor mathematicians... :lol:
     
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    I AM a mathematician!

    Raymond
     
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    It's a good thing if you can laugh at your own profession. Or is it?
     
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    Joufa, yes it is, or rather was, my profession. I also love your banana joke!
    Raymond
     
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    The following story is true: The great nineteenth century mathematician Felix Klein was once at a party in which people were discussing the correlation between mathematics and music--both interests and aptitudes. Klein looked more and more puzzled, and finally said :
    "But I don’t understand, gentlemen, mathematics is beautiful" !

    (um...another one that went over my head :oops:)
     
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    The implication is thar he evidently did not realize that misic is also beatiful !
    Raymond
     
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    Ohhhhhhh. Thanks, Ray. :lol:
     
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    Here is a riddle for you: A little girl said to her mother: " Let's go to the railroad station and meet Daddy, and the four of us will come home to dinner." The question is: why did she say FOUR instead of THREE? [I'll give you the answer in the next entry.]
     
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    Because her little brother was coming along too, as is only common sense.
     
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    The answer to yesterday's riddle is that she was too young to count.

    Ok - two answers. :)



    NEW QUESTION:

    There are three errers in this messege-- can you find them all ? [I'll give the answer in the next entry.]
     
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    Two are speling erors - errers and messege.
    The third is the word "three" which should be "two".
     

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