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Topic: A joke mathematicians tell -- request for source
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gus gassmann

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Re: A joke mathematicians tell -- request for source
Posted: May 18, 2013 9:39 AM
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On 18/05/2013 5:32 AM, pepstein5@gmail.com wrote:
> There's a joke (easily googlable) about a rabbit who writes a Ph.D thesis saying that rabbits eat foxes (sometimes it's wolves). I've heard this joke a few times in maths circles but there's no maths content to it. Does anyone know the source/origins of this joke?

I am sure you've done your own research, but this:

https://www.facebook.com/SpringerEducation/posts/367124693403036

claims it was originated in the EE and CS department at MIT, mentioning
both Bill Freeman and Charles Leiserson. Since both are easily reachable
by email, you could try asking them to see if one admits authorship.



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