The proctor says over the intercom, “every time the bell rings you can move half the distance to the woman.”
The mathematician gets furious and leaves, saying to the engineer on the way out, “You fool! Don’t you understand you can never actually reach the woman?”
The engineer smirks, “true, but sooner or later I’ll get close enough for all intents and purposes.”
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All intents and purposes. I only have one intent and purpose here 😎
I believe this joke to be a derivative of another one like it.
I’m assuming all mathematician and engineers are men
What is your definition of ‟long”?
It though the engineer would bring up tolerances somehow. Maybe “tight tolerance” or something clever sounding.
Well if the math mathmemation knew about a convergent series he would know that eventually he would reach the woman.
as much as limits and derivatives are useful, it matters whether you can integrate to create bigger things.
and if you can do multiple integrations… all the better, no?