Date: Feb 16, 2013 12:29 PM
Author: Joe Niederberger
Subject: Re: Largest Known Prime Number Discovered
GS Chandy writes:

>Indeed, it has lost punch. Unless it was a poor joke to begin with.

Oh, I kinda liked it, pretty good for math jokes.

Here's one:

A mathematics professor was lecturing

to a class of students. As he wrote something

on the board, he said to the class

?Of course, this is immediately obvious.?

Upon seeing the blank stares of the students,

he turned back to contemplate

what he had just written. He began to

pace back and forth, deep in thought.

After about 10 minutes, just as the silence

was beginning to become uncomfortable,

he brightened, turned to the

class and said, ?Yes, it IS obvious.?

More here:

http://www.ams.org/notices/200501/fea-dundes.pdf

Cheers,

Joe N