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Mathematical Jokes

# Mathematical Jokes

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BRIGHTENING MATHS FOR THOSE NOT GOOD AT IT
BRIGHTENING MATHS FOR THOSE NOT GOOD AT IT

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06/28/2013

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# Pun-based jokes An example: Q. Why do mathematicians like national parks? A. Because of the natural logs.

Another example: Q. What's purple and commutes ? A. An Abelian grape (a pun on the term Abelian group).[1] A more sophisticated example: Person 1: What's the integral of 1/cabin? Person 2: A natural log cabin. Person 1: No, a houseboat – you forgot to add the c! The first part of this joke relies on the fact that the primitive (formed when finding the antiderivative) of the function 1/x is ln(x). The second part is then based on the fact that the antiderivative is actually a class of functions, requiring the inclusion of a constant of integration, usually denoted as C — something which many calculus students forget. Thus, the indefinite integral of 1/cabin is "ln(cabin) + c", or "A natural log cabin plus the sea", ie. "A houseboat". There are only 10 types of people in the world — those who understand binary, and those who don't. This joke relies on the fact that mathematical expressions, just as expressions in natural languages, may have multiple meanings. When multiple meanings are available, puns are possible. In this case a pun is made using the expression 10. For non-mathematicians or non-computer programmers 10 almost always refers to the number ten. However, in binary, the expression 10 means the number two. Thus the joke says that there are only two kinds of people, those who understand binary, and those who don't. However, those who do not understand binary will certainly not get the joke. This joke is only feasible in written form; when speaking a binary number aloud, "10" would be phrased as "one zero" or simply "two", rather than "ten". There are only 10 types of people in the world — those who understand binary, those who don't, and those who understand Gray code. In Gray code, "10" would be phrased as "one zero" or simply "three", rather than "ten", adding another layer of subtlety to the joke. A self-deprecating version is as follows: There are only 10 types of people in the world — those who understand binary, and those who get laid. The following joke refers to the original joke: There are only 10 types of people in the world — those who understand ternary, those who don't, and those who mistake it for binary.