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(Discover)   Have you ever wondered how physicists play Pictionary? Warning: there is math   (blogs.discovermagazine.com) divider line 24
    More: Amusing, physicists, Freeman Dyson, Fermi, maths, American Journal of Physics  
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2013-09-03 04:09:23 PM  
Not as derivative as I expected.
 
2013-09-03 04:15:04 PM  
A turning point in Freeman Dyson's life occurred during a meeting in the Spring of 1953 when Enrico Fermi criticized the complexity of Dyson's model by quoting Johnny von Neumann: 'With four parameters I can fit an elephant, and with five I can make him wiggle his trunk.'

Yeah, take THAT Freeman Dyson!

/wiggle coefficient sounds dirty
 
2013-09-03 04:28:32 PM  

phlegmmo: Not as derivative as I expected.


Originality is integral to the joke.
 
2013-09-03 04:30:33 PM  

The All-Powerful Atheismo: phlegmmo: Not as derivative as I expected.

Originality is integral to the joke.


When all the puns are this bad, how do you differentiate one from another?
 
2013-09-03 04:38:41 PM  
CSB
One of the blah required courses in college was Communications, taught by some poor grad student. She had an exercise in class where she had everyone draw a large square on a piece of paper, and make some random squiggles and shapes in it.  Then she paired us up with another student, who went to the board while their partner verbally described what they'd drawn, and the one at the board tried to duplicate it.

She paired me, an engineer, with a math major.  I gave him a 10x10 cartesian coordinate grid and proceeded to give him the equations for the circle & lines I had drawn.

The instructor looked at my sheet and at the board back and forth a couple of times and said "You cheated!".  I smirked and said "No, I communicated."

/CSB
 
2013-09-03 04:38:59 PM  

ikanreed: The All-Powerful Atheismo: phlegmmo: Not as derivative as I expected.

Originality is integral to the joke.

When all the puns are this bad, how do you differentiate one from another?


You have to set limits
 
2013-09-03 04:45:09 PM  

idsfa: ikanreed: The All-Powerful Atheismo: phlegmmo: Not as derivative as I expected.

Originality is integral to the joke.

When all the puns are this bad, how do you differentiate one from another?

You have to set limits


You are all bounding on the irrational whith these obtuse jokes.
 
2013-09-03 04:50:55 PM  
Yet another example of when a headline is a question, the answer is no.
 
2013-09-03 04:51:06 PM  
You guys are really off on a tangent here.
 
2013-09-03 05:00:57 PM  

kahnzo: Yet another example of when a headline is a question, the answer is no.


Then pray tell, who do you wonder about when methods of playing Pictionary come to mind?
 
2013-09-03 05:09:23 PM  

FrancoFile: CSB
One of the blah required courses in college was Communications, taught by some poor grad student. She had an exercise in class where she had everyone draw a large square on a piece of paper, and make some random squiggles and shapes in it.  Then she paired us up with another student, who went to the board while their partner verbally described what they'd drawn, and the one at the board tried to duplicate it.

She paired me, an engineer, with a math major.  I gave him a 10x10 cartesian coordinate grid and proceeded to give him the equations for the circle & lines I had drawn.

The instructor looked at my sheet and at the board back and forth a couple of times and said "You cheated!".  I smirked and said "No, I communicated."

/CSB


My communications course was a complete joke.  It was basically an excuse for a BA grad student to try and talk down to engineering students.  The sad thing is how many of my classmates seemed to find it difficult. I work in manufacturing and I all too often see other engineers struggling to get info across to the mechanics and machinists. It's somewhat frustrating, but it seems the mechanics and machinists have found much better methods for dealing with the shiatty engineers than I ever could so I let it be.  In the long run most of them seem to figure out that mechanics and machinists are both, worth more to the company than they are and, skilled people who you shouldn't ignore unless you want an over budget project that's two weeks too late and doesn't work.
 
2013-09-03 05:39:26 PM  

NkThrasher: kahnzo: Yet another example of when a headline is a question, the answer is no.

Then pray tell, who do you wonder about when methods of playing Pictionary come to mind?


Strippers.
 
2013-09-03 05:54:15 PM  

ArcadianRefugee: NkThrasher: kahnzo: Yet another example of when a headline is a question, the answer is no.

Then pray tell, who do you wonder about when methods of playing Pictionary come to mind?

Strippers.


I'm sure they get far more strange requests than "Hey, get a few of your coworkers together and play pictionary for me."

For science!
 
2013-09-03 06:44:59 PM  
The opening sentence, "Scientists are often mocked for their fanatical, and often obscure, obsessions," is ridiculous.  There are scientists that drive slow in the left lane, watch Friends or Walking Dead, or play guitar in a metal band.  In other words, whatever a typical cross-section of America reflects the composition of the scientific community, too.  It's unjustified to perpetuate a stereotype that scientists act somehow differently from "regular" people just because of their profession.

Anyway, the American Journal of Physics is a "teaching journal" and publishes papers of interest to teachers or papers that contribute to learning rather than making fundamental contributions to the scientific record.  Making a computer draw a funny picture would be a great section in an introductory computing course, etc.
 
2013-09-03 08:05:35 PM  
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2013-09-03 10:13:07 PM  

golden goat: Making a computer draw a funny picture would be a great section in an introductory computing course, etc.


.....I don't think you quite understand what is going on with this article. It has nothing to do with computers.
 
2013-09-03 10:42:46 PM  
An elephant with a wiggling trunk with 5 parameters....  However since they're complex values that's really 10 scalar parameters.  I call BS.
 
2013-09-03 11:20:14 PM  
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2013-09-04 12:02:51 AM  

derio42: An elephant with a wiggling trunk with 5 parameters....  However since they're complex values that's really 10 scalar parameters.  I call BS.


Yeah, I always thought it was a biatcheaty.  Cool stuff happens and all, but it doesn't make things any less (forgive me) "complex".
 
2013-09-04 01:53:17 AM  
This reminds me of the infamous question on the prelim exam in my grad program for optical physics, "Draw the 2-D Fourier transform of an image of an elephant."
 
2013-09-04 02:16:49 AM  
 
2013-09-04 07:27:24 AM  

derio42: An elephant with a wiggling trunk with 5 parameters....  However since they're complex values that's really 10 scalar parameters.  I call BS.


Complex numbers can be scalars depending on the context.
 
2013-09-04 10:40:33 AM  

kevinatilusa: Have you ever wondered how nerds call Batman?


awesome. i am going to code that up myself.
 
2013-09-04 06:19:27 PM  
With 10 parameters I can make a Siamese elephant.

/5 more for the monkey
 
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