- What do you call a rigorous demonstration that a statement is true?
- If
**“proof**,” then you’re a mathematician - If
**“experiment,”**then you’re a physicist - If
**you have no word for this concept,**then you’re an economist

- If

- What do you call a slow, painful, computationally intense method of solving a problem?
- If
**“engineering,”**then you’re a mathematician - If
**“mathematics,”**then you’re an engineer

- If

- What do you call a person who is in their first job after a PhD?
- If
**“postdoc,”**then you’re a mathematician or physicist - If
**“assistant professor,”**then you’re an economist - If
**“wealthy,”**then you’re a computer scientist - If
**you have no word for a job after a PhD,**then you’re in the humanities, and you have our condolences

- If

- What do you call a calculator with graphing capabilities?

- How do you pronounce “Pythagorean”?
- If you pronounce it
**“pithAGorEan,”**then you’re a mathematician - If you pronounce it
**“PITHaGORean,”**then you’re a physicist - If you
**just mumble the word and hope no one notices**, then you’re a TA

- If you pronounce it

- What name do you use for the person who invented calculus?
- If
**“Leibniz,”**then you’re a mathematician - If
**“Newton,”**then you’re a physicist - If
**“magical wizard,”**then you’re probably not ready for grad school

- If

- What do you say after successfully proving your point beyond all doubt?
- If
**“QED,”**then you’re a mathematician - If
**“the prosecution rests,”**then you’re a mathematician with a flair for drama - If
**you do not believe proof beyond all doubt is possible**, then you’re a scientist

- If

- What do you call a simplified representation of reality, such as imagining a physical system with no friction or air resistance?
- If “
**a model**,” then you’re a computer scientist - If
**“an approximation**,” then you’re an engineer - If you call this
**“reality,”**then you’re an economist

- If “

- How do you refer to a piece of work that suffers from one small but visible mistake?
- If
**“rough,”**then you’re an engineer - If
**“as good as it’s going to get,”**then you’re a computer scientist - If
**“worthless,”**then you’re a mathematician

- If

- What do you call a formal gathering of professionals from your field?
- If
**“a conference,”**then you’re a physicist - If
**“a start-up,”**then you’re a computer scientist - If
**“an advisory panel to the president,”**then you’re an economist - If
**“a game of D&D,”**then you’re a mathematician

- If

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This is brilliant! Particularly from a Mathematics undergrad’s perspective!

I was an engineer with a Math degree…

Reblogged this on Subatomic-Visage: and commented:

Like a lot…thanks for post!

“1. What do you call a rigorous demonstration that a statement is true?”

D. If “steps to reproduce” or “reproduction”, then you’re a computer scientist.

8. What do you call a simplified representation of reality, such as imagining a physical system with no friction or air resistance?

D. If “an abstraction,” then you’re a mathematician.

Wonderful, thank you so much.

5. What’s a TA?

7. Wouldn’t Gödel have answered C? He was a mathematician…