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.