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Top Rated Math Comics


What is the limit
September 23, 2018 (5/5 - 11 ratings)

I published a similar one to this but wanted one with a different technique.


Spiked Math Comic - What is the limit


A course on recursion
September 22, 2018 (4.9/5 - 16 ratings)

Spiked Math Comic - A course on recursion


Difference between sine and cosine
November 8, 2014 (4.8/5 - 119 ratings)

Based on an old joke.


Spiked Math Comic - Difference between sine and cosine


Mobius Wedding Band
March 5, 2014 (4.8/5 - 135 ratings)

Spiked Math Comic - Mobius Wedding Band


A mathematician's dream
August 30, 2012 (4.9/5 - 154 ratings)


Spiked Math Comic - A mathematicians dream


Don't worry, you'll learn it later
July 23, 2012 (4.9/5 - 179 ratings)


Spiked Math Comic


Tired of adding C?
April 28, 2012 (4.8/5 - 204 ratings)


Spiked Math Comic - Tired of adding C?


Warning: You may lose marks depending on the teacher!

Curling with gradients
April 18, 2012 (4.9/5 - 97 ratings)

Spiked Math Comic - Curling with gradients


I did a google search for "gradients can't curl" and came up with Qiaochu Yuan's comment, so credit to him!

Epsilon-delta comics
April 18, 2012 (4.8/5 - 98 ratings)

Credit to Ken S. for submitting this comic idea:


Spiked Math Comic - Epsilon delta comic



Spiked Math Comic - Epsilon delta comic




Spiked Math Comic - Epsilon delta comic

Relevant Link: http://mathworld.wolfram.com/Epsilon-DeltaProof.html

Is math beautiful?
April 12, 2012 (4.8/5 - 78 ratings)



Spiked Math Comic - Is math beautiful?


Spiked Math Comic - Is math beautiful?


So, is math beautiful?

Lower case xi?
April 9, 2012 (4.8/5 - 183 ratings)


Spiked Math Comic - Xi xi xi


Fun fact: My xi looks exactly the same as my right curly bracket } (and coincidentally, my left curly bracket too!).


BONUS: My first experience with xi: http://spikedmath.com/comics/498-xi2.png


The Math Genie
April 4, 2012 (4.9/5 - 88 ratings)


Spiked Math Comic - What would a mathematician wish for?




Spiked Math Comic - What would a mathematician wish for?


It's your turn now!

Spiked Math Comic - What would a mathematician wish for?

1. Name a wish.
2. Describe how the "Math Genie" will grant that wish!


Who ever comes up with the most clever Math Genie wish & response will win an email from Mike saying "Congrats!" (Note: The email may be traded in for one creepy hug instead).


Infinite Graduate Student Theorem
March 8, 2012 (4.9/5 - 116 ratings)


Spiked Math Comic - Infinite Graduate Student Theorem


Remark 1.1: This is a play on the "Infinite Monkey Theorem" and the fact that graduate students tend to have trouble finishing their thesis.

[Note that the phrase "almost surely" is mathematically defined.]

(Note: If you can't see the above image then let me know. I changed all the comic images to a new server).


The Mathematician's Lottery
March 1, 2012 (4.8/5 - 46 ratings)

Nothing original from me today, but a comic based on a well known joke!

Spiked Math Comic - The Mathematicians Lottery


For those who haven't learned about the harmonic series yet, this is the summation:



This well known series diverges to infinity and thus, after a finite number of terms will have a sum of 750 trillion.

Problem 1: Determine how many years it will take for the "losers" to get their money back (50 euro). [[Is it 50 euro or 50 euros?]]

Problem 2: Determine how many years it will take for the lottery to pay out in entirety, i.e., 750 trillion!




The Publishing Process
February 15, 2012 (4.8/5 - 51 ratings)

Since Wednesday is miscellaneous update day according to my new schedule, I thought I would provide some (simplified) background information on how the publishing process works in mathematics (in preparation for tomorrow's comic about the topic). Now of course, in the flow chart below I'm referring to big name commercial publishers (e.g., Elsevier, Springer, Wiley, etc). For more information and criticisms regarding commercial publishers and information on the current Elsevier boycott, check out the following:


Spiked Math Comic - The Publishing Process

*Note: The above is quite simplified and doesn't take into account mathematicians working outside of academia (who may also publish), as well as open access journals that don't have the same restrictions and costs (and copyrights quite often stay with the authors).

Game Theory
February 9, 2012 (4.8/5 - 133 ratings)


Spiked Math Comic - Game Theory


True story!

Budding Mathematician
November 22, 2011 (4.9/5 - 137 ratings)


Spiked Math Comic - Budding Mathematician


If only this worked on teachers!

(Perhaps this comic should have been about how mathematicians reproduce asexually?)


The top 9.999(repeated) signs you are a mathematician
October 19, 2011 (4.8/5 - 129 ratings)


Spiked Math Comic - Top ten signs you are a mathematician


How to insult a mathematician
October 17, 2011 (4.8/5 - 167 ratings)


Spiked Math Comic - How to insult a mathematician

Spiked Math Comic - How to insult a mathematician

Spiked Math Comic - How to insult a mathematician


ZOMG - it's like 3 comics in one!!!

Okay, not all of them are insults... see if you can come up with any additional ones.


Online Dating
September 30, 2011 (4.8/5 - 170 ratings)


Spiked Math Comic - Online Dating


My primary reason for studying maths
September 29, 2011 (4.8/5 - 150 ratings)


Spiked Math Comic - Why I study maths


Man, it's been almost two weeks since I was called a super genius!! :-(

mathbook
September 9, 2011 (4.8/5 - 145 ratings)

Spiked Math Comic - mathbook


Pay it Forward
September 8, 2011 (4.8/5 - 133 ratings)

Spiked Math Comic - Pay it Forward


Plus C
September 7, 2011 (4.8/5 - 161 ratings)

Spiked Math Comic - Plus C


Summer Vacation
May 9, 2011 (4.8/5 - 200 ratings)

Spiked Math Comic - Summer Vacation


Freak out your students
April 15, 2011 (4.8/5 - 211 ratings)

Spiked Math Comic - Freak out your students


The More You Know
March 3, 2011 (4.8/5 - 211 ratings)

Spiked Math Comic - The More You Know


Beauty is in the eye of the beholder
February 18, 2011 (4.8/5 - 224 ratings)

Spiked Math Comic - Beauty is in the eye of the beholder


Marriage and the Fibonaughty Sexquence
February 10, 2011 (4.8/5 - 204 ratings)

Spiked Math Comic - Marriage and the Fibonaughty Sexquence


News: Spiked Math now has a Forum! Currently, I'm the only member (and I have two accounts on it), but feel free to join if you get bored easily :P

Magic the Gathering
January 23, 2011 (4.8/5 - 157 ratings)

Spiked Math Comic - Magic the Gathering


lolproof
January 19, 2011 (4.8/5 - 160 ratings)

Spiked Math Comic - lolproof


If I submit a paper translated to lolcat do you think it'll get accepted? Hmm...


The NVT
January 6, 2011 (4.8/5 - 63 ratings)

Spiked Math Comic - The NVT


How Professors Think
December 27, 2010 (4.9/5 - 187 ratings)

Spiked Math Comic - How Professors Think


Wish List
December 21, 2010 (4.8/5 - 116 ratings)

Spiked Math Comic - Wish List


Happy Holidays to all!

(P.S. Updates will be sporadic for the next two weeks.)

Numerical Integration
December 17, 2010 (4.9/5 - 190 ratings)

I thought this was pretty neat:

Spiked Math Comic - Numerical Integration


The source for the text above is by anonymous_28657 from Reddit, who heard it from a Hungarian colleague, who heard it from someone else... It also shows up as a way to annoy your Physics prof (see #14), and the technique is described in this book. If you can afford it, you can get yourself a planimeter to help with your definite integrals.

The Mathematical Fortune Teller (part 3)
December 14, 2010 (4.8/5 - 110 ratings)

Spiked Math Comic - The Mathematical Fortune Teller (part 3)


The life of zero
December 2, 2010 (4.8/5 - 199 ratings)

Spiked Math Comic - The life of zero


Is that a tangent in your pocket
November 29, 2010 (4.8/5 - 157 ratings)

Spiked Math Comic - Is that a tangent in your pocket?


The Joke Book
November 28, 2010 (4.9/5 - 300 ratings)

Spiked Math Comic - The Joke Book


Rise Against the Machine
October 30, 2010 (4.8/5 - 135 ratings)

Spiked Math Comic - Rise Against the Machine


Teacher Tricks
September 28, 2010 (4.8/5 - 166 ratings)

Spiked Math Comic - Teacher Tricks


The closest I had was a midterm with the answer "C" about 10 times in a row.

It's my advisor, I should say hi
September 13, 2010 (4.9/5 - 218 ratings)

Spiked Math Comic - It's my advisor, I should say hi


Friends
August 13, 2010 (4.8/5 - 214 ratings)

Spiked Math Comic - Friends


Mathematics
August 11, 2010 (4.9/5 - 208 ratings)

Spiked Math Comic - Mathematics


The six bridges of Konigsberg
August 10, 2010 (4.8/5 - 158 ratings)

Spiked Math Comic - The six bridges of Konigsberg


Patch Notes
July 21, 2010 (4.8/5 - 225 ratings)

Spiked Math Comic - Patch Notes


Paradox Day
July 19, 2010 (4.8/5 - 185 ratings)

Spiked Math Comic - Paradox Day


A big thanks to Jason Dyer (The Number Warrior) for allowing me to use the 'Paradox Day' idea!

The Urn
May 12, 2010 (4.8/5 - 74 ratings)

Spiked Math Comic - The Urn


The Button
April 30, 2010 (4.8/5 - 113 ratings)

Spiked Math Comic - The Button title=


Q.E.D.
March 31, 2010 (4.8/5 - 82 ratings)

Spiked Math Comic - Q.E.D.


Guide to Acting Like a Math Geek
March 29, 2010 (4.9/5 - 147 ratings)

Spiked Math Comic - Guide to acting like a math geek


Geeky Revenge
March 24, 2010 (4.8/5 - 74 ratings)

Spiked Math Comic - Geeky Revenge


Plotting My Revenge
March 23, 2010 (4.8/5 - 118 ratings)

Spiked Math Comic - Plotting My Revenge


Memorizing Pi
March 15, 2010 (4.9/5 - 179 ratings)

Spiked Math Comic - Memorizing Pi


This is a win for math!
March 1, 2010 (4.8/5 - 70 ratings)

Spiked Math Comic - This is a win for math!


Professor's Nightmare
February 25, 2010 (4.8/5 - 98 ratings)

Spiked Math Comic - Professor's Nightmare


World Annihilation
February 22, 2010 (4.9/5 - 294 ratings)

Spiked Math Comic - World Annihilation


Presidential Debate
February 15, 2010 (4.8/5 - 62 ratings)

Spiked Math Comic - Presidential Debate


But I don't feel like it!
January 23, 2010 (4.8/5 - 77 ratings)

Spiked Math Comic - But I don't feel like it!


Hey You
January 22, 2010 (4.8/5 - 84 ratings)

Spiked Math Comic - Hey You


How To Make A Mathematician Angry
January 16, 2010 (4.8/5 - 125 ratings)

Spiked Math Comic - How To Make A Mathematician Angry


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Sex Proofs
January 14, 2010 (4.8/5 - 104 ratings)

Spiked Math Comic - Sex Proofs


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Pi For Sale
January 11, 2010 (4.8/5 - 68 ratings)

Spiked Math Comic - Pi For Sale


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Bus Stop Physicists
January 5, 2010 (4.9/5 - 73 ratings)

Spiked Math Comic - Bus Stop Physicists


Nothing
January 3, 2010 (4.8/5 - 77 ratings)

Spiked Math Comic - Nothing


Goldmine
December 27, 2009 (4.8/5 - 69 ratings)

Spiked Math Comic - Goldmine


12 Days of Christmas
December 20, 2009 (4.8/5 - 79 ratings)

Spiked Math Comic - 12 Days of Christmas


Airplane
December 18, 2009 (4.8/5 - 93 ratings)

Spiked Math Comic - Airplane


Summer
December 15, 2009 (4.8/5 - 83 ratings)

Spiked Math Comic - Summer


x
December 12, 2009 (4.9/5 - 120 ratings)

Spiked Math Comic - x


Right
December 8, 2009 (4.8/5 - 84 ratings)

Spiked Math Comic - Right


Not Normal
November 28, 2009 (4.8/5 - 60 ratings)

Spiked Math Comic - Half A Cake


Happy Mathgiving
November 26, 2009 (4.8/5 - 100 ratings)

Spiked Math Comic - Happy Mathgiving


Happy (American) Mathgiving!!

In Canada Thanksgiving was on October 12, so this comic is a tad late for them ^_^


How To Email Your Prof
November 23, 2009 (4.9/5 - 162 ratings)

Spiked Math Comic - How To Email Your Prof


Don't Try This At Home
November 20, 2009 (4.8/5 - 133 ratings)

Spiked Math Comic - Don't Try This At Home


Have a good Friday. Some random links for ya:


Holy shift!
November 18, 2009 (4.8/5 - 96 ratings)

Spiked Math Comic - Holy shift!

Thanks to Natalie for pointing me towards this MLIA post.


Date
November 7, 2009 (4.9/5 - 129 ratings)

Spiked Math Comic - Date


Happy Halloween
October 31, 2009 (4.9/5 - 156 ratings)

Happy Mathoween!

Spiked Math Comic - Happy Halloween


The IQ Test
October 24, 2009 (4.8/5 - 156 ratings)

Spiked Math Comic - The IQ Test


The second question is "the odd one out".

Late Night Snack
September 30, 2009 (4.8/5 - 153 ratings)

Spiked Math Comic - Late Night Snack


So You're a Mathematician?
September 19, 2009 (4.8/5 - 193 ratings)

Spiked Math Comic - So You're a Mathematician


Daydreaming
August 31, 2009 (4.8/5 - 251 ratings)

Spiked Math Comic - Daydreaming


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