Sunday, April 24, 2016

Thinking Like A Physicist

From here.

This is a bit of an inside joke, but I don't know how to explain it in a way that would keep it funny.


Tomboktu Cedarlounge said...

Paraphrasing from Ian Stewart's Concepts of Modern Mathrmatics (republished by Dover in 1981 and 1995):

An astronomer, a physicist and and a mathematician are on a train from London to Edinburgh. Shortly after the cross the border and enter Scotland, they see a black sheep in a field.

"Oh, look", says the astronomer, "in Scotland, the sheep are black".

"No", says the physicist, "in Scotland, some of the sheep are black".

The mathematician sighs, and says: "No. In Scotland, there exists a field that contains at least one sheep at least one half of which is black".

andrew said...

Ha ha! That's great.

andrew said...

See also (comparing what scientists do) and even more on point (comparing different academics observations of a cow that they see while on a train).