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Thursday, March 18, 2010

13 Ways to Spot a Math Nerd

Thirteen Ways to Spot a Math Nerd 


1. They are aroused at the sight and sound of numbers. 


2. They wait for the bus and say, "I bet three buses will come all at one go."




3. They have irregular-sized pizza delivered to the mathematics or computer science department. 


4. Their idea of rebellion is to go to the whiteboard and compute everything in binary, or do calculations in Roman numerals. 


5. They sleepwalk uttering obscenities at Greek symbols, or murmuring in Latin.


6. They send e-mails to each other even though their desks are less than two meters away.


7. They refer to their friends, fiends or foes by their e-mail coordinates.


8. They explain to their five-year-old neighbors the difference between number and numeral, minus and negative, or zero and nothing.


9. They see a woman's boobs and think of a smooth polynomial curve, with its pair of minimum points.


10. They insist that "1 + 1 = 2" is not true until they use the axioms (undefined terms) to prove it.


11. They say, "I'll see you there at 7PM plus or minus 10 minutes."


12. They use insults like "You’re two standard deviations from the norm, you symbol-minded dummy!"


13. They prefer doing math to dating, dining or having sex.
© Yan Kow Cheong, March 17, 2010