**Edit (July 23, 2011):**Thanks Andrew Z for letting me know that I inadvertently took the idea for the above comic from Abstruse Goose (and it was better executed by Mr Goose also!).

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That is so true!

Welcome back Mike!

Actually, I'm still on vacation but figured I shouldn't leave the comic hanging for too much longer.

We appreciate it.

I'm going to go prove a theorem now just because of this comic.

I find the second proof is always much shorter than the first for a given theorem.

I agree! Perhaps it's because axiomatically we only consider the second proof an actual second proof if it is a (significant) improvement over the previous one.

Picky, picky, picky!

That's why Andrew Wiles' proof could fit in the margin. Well, maybe a continental margin.

Hmmm...

Ah, I totally forgot about that one! Probably where the idea came from ;)

Not only with theorems

Also happens to me with problems and equations... :D

Really, really like this :)

Being not an actual mathematician (as in: being a computer scientist) you can imagine, how I use to not even stay on earth while proving stuff, you guys probably find trivial. Still it is incredibly awesome, when you unexpectedly arrive at your destination, isn't it?

And here I thought it was going to be a 'random walk' joke...

You do have to develop the machinery of a car to take the highway...

is paul erdos the one who drove the car?

Nah--he's just visiting. But he brought the map.

Thanks for letting me post an example of your comic on my new site Comic Math! Mr. Goose let me post one of his as well but I think this comic and his one of this idea are different enough to not be said to be overly derivative (which I was amused to see you use simple derivatives to guard against robots).

Are you guys (and Amy & Angela) too young to make the obvious connection to "... I planned each charted course, each careful step along the byway. And more, much more than this, I did it my way."

We can apply math anywhere. Some may say that Mathematics is one of the difficult subjects in school, but it is very important even in our daily living. Even some theorems that we had learned on this subject, we could apply it also.

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