Date: Feb 17, 2013 1:09 AM
Author: GS Chandy
Subject: Re: Largest Known Prime Number Discovered
Joe Niederberger posted Feb 16, 2013 10:59 PM:

> 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.?

>

Now THAT'S an excellent math joke (IMHO)! I recall that one of my grad school professors used to do almost exactly that. (He didn't take quite 10 minutes to arrive at his 'conclusion' of course).

>

> More here:

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

>

I shall look forward to reading those.

GSC