Friday, May 28, 2010

О горькой судьбе математишанс

A joke from mathoverflow:

A mathematician who studied a very abstract topic was annoyed that his peers in more applied fields always made fun of him.

One day he saw a sign "talk today on the theory of gears", and said to himself "I'll go to that! What could be more practical than a talk on gears?".

He arrives at the talk, eager to learn applicable knowledge. The speaker goes up to the podium and addresses the crowd: "Welcome to this talk on the theory of gear. Today I will be speaking about gears with an irrational number of teeth".