|Every time I meet
new people at a party the same thing happens...
The person asks me "So, weird man, what is YOUR profession?". Honest, as I am, I give the true answer "I am a mathematician!". I am not really sure what happens at that very moment, but the face of the person I am talking to, looks like a strange metamorphis is taking place that transforms me to a stupid, clumsy alien. Sometimes I can make a little joke to get out of this embarassing situation. For instance I say that I can I eat my meal using knife and fork. To give a proof I eat within minutes all the food available at the party. As a consequence I get no invitations to parties anymore. That is very sad!
As I am optimistic until the bitter end, I had the idea that some people have prejudices against mathematicians, as they have no idea what mathematicians really do, or what mathematics is. Once I had made a short, understandable description of mathematics on the margin of page, but unfortunately I have lost the book somewhere. Well, so I will give you some examples...
towers of Benares
Some monks in India are playing a game that will last until the end of the world. How long will it take?
goat in the game show
Would you like to win a Mercedes SLK or a goat?
and the turtle
The strangest race of all times shows that movement is not existing. At least acording to Mr. Zenon.
|Lying monkeys and honest racoons
The bartalk version of my masters thesis about "Random fields and percolations on trees".
and false at the same time (german language)
A barber, some adjectives and an english philospher make a lot of trouble.
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