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Topic: A joke mathematicians tell -- request for source
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Peter Percival

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Re: A joke mathematicians tell -- request for source
Posted: May 19, 2013 7:32 AM
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gus gassmann wrote:
> 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/grad-areas/area2/pdfs/10minFreeman2012.pdf

Wherein we read "rework your elevator pitch." What does that mean?

> (See slide 20/21.) Looks pretty clear that Leiserson wrote this,
> although it is not stated that he actually invented the story.

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