It’s December, the semester is winding down, we all need a break from deep thinking about hard math. So this week I have some extra special brain candy I’ve been saving up for you, in the form of a Tumblr, Math Professor Quotes.
You can browse by subject, or just take your time and scroll through them all, but either way, prepare to give up at least 15 minutes of your life. It’s fun. I always find the number theory quotes extra hilarious, but having just taught discrete math this semester, these were giving me the giggles extra hard.
I myself have always been a fan of the $2 words injection and surjection, not because I’m a fancy pants who drinks from a frosted mug — I prefer my beer in a can, thanks — but just because (for unclear reasons) I hate the word onto. I mean, how can onto even be a word? It doesn’t have the heft that I need such an important piece of terminology to bear.
I do always feel silly talking about pigeons and holes. Do pigeons even live in holes? And even if they did, are they tame enough to be placed into the holes by a handler? Anyways, some of these quotes hit really close to home, and I start to wonder, have I said that before? If not, I should really start saying it.