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Re: A joke mathematicians tell  request for source
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May 18, 2013 9:46 AM


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? > > Paul Epstein >
OK. I think I found it.
Add "Freeman" to your google search parameters, and you will immediately find
http://www.eecs.mit.edu/gradareas/area2/pdfs/10minFreeman2012.pdf
(See slide 20/21.) Looks pretty clear that Leiserson wrote this, although it is not stated that he actually invented the story.



