The sum of all natural numbers is -1/12.


Σ  n = -1/12
1

  • (We’re taking a calculus final. The TA is a well-known Lord of the Rings fan, and we’ve had running LotR jokes all semester.)
  • TA: “Okay, guys, everyone look at me. We’ve been over the rules, but just in case: no notes, pencil your answers in on the scantron sheet, and graphing calculators only – no more ‘can I just used my cell phone’ nonsense.”
  • Student: “[TA's name], my calculator batteries just died! What should I do?”
  • TA: “Here, I’ve got a big box of spares.”
  • Student: *struggling* “I can’t get this packaging open…”
  • Student 2: “Here, I’ve got a pocket knife.”
  • TA: “And I’ve got a pair of scissors if you need them.”
  • Student 3: *from the back of the room* “OR MY AXE!”
  • (Everyone starts laughing.)
  • TA: “The only axes allowed on the exam are in the graph section.”
  • (Everyone groans.)
  • TA: “Oh, come on, you’re in a math class. Deal with the math jokes.”
  • (The professor enters with a stack of exams. With him are two exam proctors.)
  • Professor: “Tolkien jokes already, [TA's name]?”
  • TA: “Hey, I didn’t start it.”
  • (The professor starts handing stacks of exams to the TA and proctors.)
  • Professor: “But I’m about to finish it. [TA], take these exams down the left flank. [Proctor 1], follow the desks down the center. [Proctor 2], take your exams right, along the wall.”
  • (At this point, many of the students have realized where this is going: Theoden’s lines from ‘Return of the King.’)
  • Professor: “Forth, and fear no problems! Solve! Solve, students of calculus! Points shall be taken, scores shall be splintered! A pencil day! A red-ink day! Until three thirty!”
  • (The professor pulls out a pencil, holding it out like a sword, and runs down the first row holding it out. Students hold up their pencils, hitting his as he passes.)
  • Professor: “Solve now! Solve now! Solve to good grades and the class ending! MAAATH!”
  • Entire Class: “MAAATH!”
  • Professor: “MAAAAATH!”
  • Entire Class: “MAAAAAATH!”
  • Professor: “Forth, exam-takers!”
  • (The entire class rises to their feet and gives him a standing ovation. A week later, we get an email from the professor.)
  • Professor: *at the end of the email* “PS: I appreciate all of you who wrote in their evaluations that I was the one professor to rule them all, but the best one yet was the student who called me ‘Mathrandir.’”
proofmathisbeautiful:

wolframalpha:

Avogadro’s number is about twice the number of stars in the observable universe.

:O

I love coincidences like this.

proofmathisbeautiful:

wolframalpha:

Avogadro’s number is about twice the number of stars in the observable universe.

:O

I love coincidences like this.

discoverynews:

One of my favorite little websites, Lists of Note, published this gem. It gives the “rest of us” a peek into the mind of a genius. He may have looked at his personal life in a similar way to his work.

By 1914, Albert Einstein’s marriage to his wife of 11 years,

Is this for real? haha

A Mathematician, a Biologist and a Physicist are sitting in a
street cafe watching people going in and coming out of the house on
the other side of the street.

First they see two people going into the house. Time passes.
After a while they notice three persons coming out of the house.

What Are Prime Numbers?

Glad my homework isn’t like this.

Glad my homework isn’t like this.

LOVE IT, how have I not seen this yet???

LOVE IT, how have I not seen this yet???

heroinsopasse:

Damn…

heroinsopasse:

Damn…