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A mathematician and ...
The following sketches show our dedication to abstract thinking
in the most unusual situations and strong belief in the universality of
mathematical methods. Mathematicians are always impatient and
intelligent.
A physicist, a mathematician, and a mystic were asked to name the
greatest invention of all time. The physicist chose the fire, which gave
humanity the power over matter. The mathematician chose the alphabet, which
gave humanity power over symbols. The mystic chose the thermos bottle.
"Why a thermos bottle?" the others asked. "Because the thermos keeps
hot liquids hot in winter and cold liquids cold in summer." "Yes  so
what?" "Think about it." said the mystic reverently. That little bottle
 how does it *know*?"
At least this time we are together with the
physicist! :
An chemist, a physicist, and a mathematician are stranded on an island
when a can of food rolls ashore. The chemist and the physicist comes up with
many ingenious ways to open the can. Then suddenly the mathematician gets a
bright idea: "Assume we have a can opener ..."
An engineer, a physicist and a mathematician were asked to hammer a nail
into a wall. The engineer went to build a Universal Automatic Nailer 
a device able to hammer every possible nail into every possible wall.
The physicist conducted series of experiments on strength of hammers,
nails, and walls and developed a revolutionary technology of ultrasonic
nail hammering at superlow temperature. The mathematician generalized
the problem to a N dimensional problem of penetration of a knotted one
dimensional nail into a N1 dimensional hyperwall. Several fundamental
theorems are proved. Of course, the problem is too rich to suggest a
possibility of a simple solution, even the existence of a solution is far
from obvious.
A mathematician, a physicist, and an engineer were traveling through
Scotland when they saw a black sheep through the window of the train.
"Aha," says the engineer, "I see that Scottish sheep are black."
"Hmm," says the physicist, "You mean that some Scottish sheep are
black." "No," says the mathematician, "All we know is that there is at
least one sheep in Scotland, and that at least one side of that one sheep is
black!"
A mathematician, a physicist, and an engineer are all given identical
rubber balls and told to find the volume. They are given anything they want
to measure it, and have all the time they need. The mathematician pulls out
a measuring tape and records the circumference. He then divides by two times
pi to get the radius, cubes that, multiplies by pi again, and then
multiplies by fourthirds and thereby calculates the volume. The physicist
gets a bucket of water, places 1.00000 gallons of water in the bucket, drops
in the ball, and measures the displacement to six significant figures. And
the engineer? He writes down the serial number of the ball, and looks it up.
A Mathematician (M) and an Engineer (E) attend a lecture by a Physicist.
The topic concerns KulzaKlein theories involving physical processes that
occur in spaces with dimensions of 9, 12 and even higher. The M is sitting,
clearly enjoying the lecture, while the E is frowning and looking generally
confused and puzzled. By the end the E has a terrible headache. At the end,
the M comments about the wonderful lecture. E: "How do you understand
this stuff?" M: "I just visualize the process" E: "How can you
POSSIBLY visualize something that occurs in 9dimensional space?" M:
"Easy, first visualize it in Ndimensional space, then let N go to 9"
A team of engineers were required to measure the height of a flag pole.
They only had a measuring tape, and were getting quite frustrated trying to
keep the tape along the pole. It kept falling down, etc. A mathematician
comes along, finds out their problem, and proceeds to remove the pole from
the ground and measure it easily. When he leaves, one engineer says to the
other: "Just like a mathematician! We need to know the height, and he gives
us the length!"
