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End of Proof Stickers

February 20, 2013 (4.8/5 - 76 ratings)

- The idea for today's comic is inspired by SOTI's latest comic Little Black Box. Hmm, all those little squares are making me see spots.
- New video posted on the youtube channel: The Pinocchio Paradox
- Also, a very big thanks to Shira for letting me share the two images below of some first order logic blocks she made for a friend for the holidays. There are 18 blocks in total based on a comic I created a year ago: Alphabet Blocks. Super awesome! You can check out her blog (http://buildingfriends.blogspot.ca/) for other projects she's worked on, like Magnetic Tessellating Escher Fish.

Public Perception

September 26, 2012 (4.8/5 - 110 ratings)

A mathematician's dream

August 30, 2012 (4.9/5 - 133 ratings)

Number Theory Exam

August 29, 2012 (4.8/5 - 92 ratings)

See if you can solve Question 3 without using the Intermediate Value Theorem.

Don't worry, you'll learn it later

July 23, 2012 (4.9/5 - 163 ratings)

Tired of adding C?

April 28, 2012 (4.9/5 - 184 ratings)

**Warning:**You may lose marks depending on the teacher!

Curling with gradients

April 18, 2012 (4.9/5 - 85 ratings)

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

Is math beautiful?

April 12, 2012 (4.8/5 - 74 ratings)

So, is math beautiful?

Lower case xi?

April 9, 2012 (4.8/5 - 173 ratings)

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 - 85 ratings)

It's your turn now!

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).

MPF - Morpion Solitaire

March 16, 2012 (4.9/5 - 24 ratings)

You can try the game out in Java by visiting the following links (using the 5T setting, if applicable):

- (Written by Daniel Tomasiewicz): http://dtomasiewicz.com/morpion/

- More information about Morpion Solitaire: http://www.morpionsolitaire.com/
- Paper by Erik Demaine, Martin Demaine, Arthur Langerman and Stefan Langerman that proves in its most general form that the game is NP-hard and the highest score is inapproximable, unless P=NP: http://erikdemaine.org/papers/Morpion_FUN2004/paper.pdf
- Wikipedia entry on the game: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morpion_solitaire
- Note that if you can get MORE than 178 moves, then you will hold the new WORLD RECORD! (assuming the information on that website is accurate and up-to-date).

Infinite Graduate Student Theorem

March 8, 2012 (4.9/5 - 102 ratings)

**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 Awkward Function

March 7, 2012 (4.8/5 - 82 ratings)

Bonus Ending (it might not be clear but the girl is supposed to be initiating the conversation):

P.S. Sorry I missed yesterday's update. I might miss a few more updates in the coming weeks, so to compensate I donated $100 to the Dept. of Math & Stats (at McMaster U.) for scholarship use. :-)

The Mathematician's Lottery

March 1, 2012 (4.8/5 - 43 ratings)

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

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!

MPF - Triangles

February 24, 2012 (4.8/5 - 66 ratings)

Today is Math Puzzle Friday (MPF), Yay!

If I ever make an IQ test the following question will be going on it.

Be mathy!

The Publishing Process

February 15, 2012 (4.8/5 - 49 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:

- http://gowers.wordpress.com/2012/01/21/elsevier-my-part-in-its-downfall/
- http://gowers.wordpress.com/2012/02/08/a-more-formal-statement-about-mathematical-publishing/

*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 - 126 ratings)

True story!

Coloring Book

February 6, 2012 (4.9/5 - 48 ratings)

The last problem is known as the Hadwiger-Nelson problem. The chromatic number of the plane is currently an open problem but it is known to be between 4 and 7. For the upper bound, one must (simply) construct a coloring using 7 colors. Lower bounds are a bit harder to get!

Budding Mathematician

November 22, 2011 (4.9/5 - 128 ratings)

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 - 125 ratings)

How to insult a mathematician

October 17, 2011 (4.8/5 - 159 ratings)

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 - 160 ratings)

My primary reason for studying maths

September 29, 2011 (4.8/5 - 139 ratings)

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

World of Mathcraft

September 20, 2011 (4.8/5 - 145 ratings)

mathbook

September 9, 2011 (4.8/5 - 138 ratings)

Pay it Forward

September 8, 2011 (4.8/5 - 129 ratings)

Plus C

September 7, 2011 (4.8/5 - 150 ratings)

Summer Vacation

May 9, 2011 (4.8/5 - 197 ratings)

Freak out your students

April 15, 2011 (4.8/5 - 200 ratings)

The More You Know

March 3, 2011 (4.8/5 - 198 ratings)

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder

February 18, 2011 (4.8/5 - 216 ratings)

Marriage and the Fibonaughty Sexquence

February 10, 2011 (4.8/5 - 195 ratings)

**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 - 142 ratings)

lolproof

January 19, 2011 (4.8/5 - 147 ratings)

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

How Professors Think

December 27, 2010 (4.9/5 - 171 ratings)

Numerical Integration

December 17, 2010 (4.9/5 - 176 ratings)

I thought this was pretty neat:

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 - 106 ratings)

The life of zero

December 2, 2010 (4.8/5 - 195 ratings)

Teaching Evaluations

December 1, 2010 (4.8/5 - 137 ratings)

For realsy!

Is that a tangent in your pocket

November 29, 2010 (4.8/5 - 151 ratings)

The Joke Book

November 28, 2010 (4.9/5 - 290 ratings)

Rise Against the Machine

October 30, 2010 (4.8/5 - 127 ratings)

Teacher Tricks

September 28, 2010 (4.8/5 - 156 ratings)

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 - 207 ratings)

The Date Graph

August 21, 2010 (4.9/5 - 207 ratings)

Friends

August 13, 2010 (4.8/5 - 205 ratings)

Mathematics

August 11, 2010 (4.9/5 - 195 ratings)

The six bridges of Konigsberg

August 10, 2010 (4.8/5 - 151 ratings)

Patch Notes

July 21, 2010 (4.8/5 - 214 ratings)

Paradox Day

July 19, 2010 (4.8/5 - 172 ratings)

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 - 66 ratings)

The Button

April 30, 2010 (4.8/5 - 104 ratings)

xkcd Nim

April 16, 2010 (4.8/5 - 62 ratings)

**Friday Challenge:**If you haven't heard of Nim before, see if you can find the optimal strategy in the general case with multiple piles of coins. [Hint: Consider 1 pile. Then 2 piles.]

Q.E.D.

March 31, 2010 (4.8/5 - 70 ratings)

Guide to Acting Like a Math Geek

March 29, 2010 (4.9/5 - 133 ratings)

j

March 25, 2010 (4.8/5 - 64 ratings)

Geeky Revenge

March 24, 2010 (4.8/5 - 69 ratings)

Plotting My Revenge

March 23, 2010 (4.9/5 - 106 ratings)

Mathkind

March 18, 2010 (4.8/5 - 57 ratings)

It's official.

Memorizing Pi

March 15, 2010 (4.9/5 - 164 ratings)

This is a win for math!

March 1, 2010 (4.9/5 - 61 ratings)

Professor's Nightmare

February 25, 2010 (4.8/5 - 89 ratings)

World Annihilation

February 22, 2010 (4.9/5 - 262 ratings)

Presidential Debate

February 15, 2010 (4.8/5 - 57 ratings)

Meeting Girls

February 6, 2010 (4.9/5 - 94 ratings)

But I don't feel like it!

January 23, 2010 (4.8/5 - 72 ratings)

How To Make A Mathematician Angry

January 16, 2010 (4.8/5 - 113 ratings)

Pi For Sale

January 11, 2010 (4.8/5 - 61 ratings)

I Like My Women Like I Like My Math

January 8, 2010 (4.8/5 - 101 ratings)

Imagine if I drew professors having this discussion instead :-O

In other news, Courtney Gibbons, creator of the popular math comic Brown Sharpie, officially kinda quits today :-(

Bus Stop Physicists

January 5, 2010 (4.9/5 - 67 ratings)

Nothing

January 3, 2010 (4.9/5 - 69 ratings)

Perfect

December 30, 2009 (4.8/5 - 67 ratings)

12 Days of Christmas

December 20, 2009 (4.8/5 - 71 ratings)

My Two Girls

December 16, 2009 (4.8/5 - 93 ratings)

My "

**real**" life story...

Summer

December 15, 2009 (4.8/5 - 78 ratings)

x

December 12, 2009 (4.9/5 - 110 ratings)

Right

December 8, 2009 (4.8/5 - 75 ratings)

Not Normal

November 28, 2009 (4.8/5 - 55 ratings)

Happy Mathgiving

November 26, 2009 (4.8/5 - 89 ratings)

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 - 134 ratings)

Don't Try This At Home

November 20, 2009 (4.8/5 - 125 ratings)

Have a good Friday. Some random links for ya:

- One of the Peebles Lab comics I like :-)
- SMBC Mathie related comic
- What's the name of the line segment connecting one point on a circle to the point opposite of it?
- My friend seems to like these things

Holy shift!

November 18, 2009 (4.8/5 - 88 ratings)

Thanks to Natalie for pointing me towards this MLIA post.

Date

November 7, 2009 (4.9/5 - 120 ratings)

Happy Halloween

October 31, 2009 (4.9/5 - 147 ratings)

**Happy Mathoween!**

The IQ Test

October 24, 2009 (4.8/5 - 139 ratings)

The second question is "the odd one out".

So You're a Mathematician?

September 19, 2009 (4.8/5 - 177 ratings)

Daydreaming

August 31, 2009 (4.8/5 - 222 ratings)