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Mobius Wedding Band
March 5, 2014 (4.8/5 - 99 ratings)

Spiked Math Comic - Mobius Wedding Band


End of Proof Stickers
February 20, 2013 (4.8/5 - 78 ratings)

Spiked Math Comic - End of Proof Stickers


  • 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 - 113 ratings)


Spiked Math Comic - Public Perception


A mathematician's dream
August 30, 2012 (4.9/5 - 136 ratings)


Spiked Math Comic - A mathematicians dream


Don't worry, you'll learn it later
July 23, 2012 (4.9/5 - 164 ratings)


Spiked Math Comic


Tired of adding C?
April 28, 2012 (4.9/5 - 186 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 - 85 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 - 93 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 - 75 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 - 174 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 - 85 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).


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


Spiked Math Comic - MPF - Morpion Solitaire


You can try the game out in Java by visiting the following links (using the 5T setting, if applicable):
Try the game out on your own and see if you can last for more than 178 moves or even 200 moves! Otherwise, here are some references and hints:




Infinite Graduate Student Theorem
March 8, 2012 (4.9/5 - 103 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 Awkward Function
March 7, 2012 (4.8/5 - 82 ratings)


Spiked Math Comic - The Awkward Function










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

Spiked Math Comic - The Awkward Function


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!

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 - 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:


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 - 126 ratings)


Spiked Math Comic - Game Theory


True story!

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


Spiked Math Comic - Coloring Book


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)


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 - 125 ratings)


Spiked Math Comic - Top ten signs you are a mathematician


How to insult a mathematician
October 17, 2011 (4.8/5 - 159 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 - 160 ratings)


Spiked Math Comic - Online Dating


My primary reason for studying maths
September 29, 2011 (4.8/5 - 139 ratings)


Spiked Math Comic - Why I study maths


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)

Spiked Math Comic - World of Mathcraft 1


Spiked Math Comic - World of Mathcraft 2


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

Spiked Math Comic - mathbook


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

Spiked Math Comic - Pay it Forward


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

Spiked Math Comic - Plus C


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

Spiked Math Comic - Summer Vacation


Freak out your students
April 15, 2011 (4.8/5 - 200 ratings)

Spiked Math Comic - Freak out your students


The More You Know
March 3, 2011 (4.8/5 - 198 ratings)

Spiked Math Comic - The More You Know


Beauty is in the eye of the beholder
February 18, 2011 (4.8/5 - 216 ratings)

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


Marriage and the Fibonaughty Sexquence
February 10, 2011 (4.8/5 - 195 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 - 142 ratings)

Spiked Math Comic - Magic the Gathering


lolproof
January 19, 2011 (4.8/5 - 148 ratings)

Spiked Math Comic - lolproof


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)

Spiked Math Comic - How Professors Think


Numerical Integration
December 17, 2010 (4.9/5 - 177 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 - 106 ratings)

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


The life of zero
December 2, 2010 (4.8/5 - 195 ratings)

Spiked Math Comic - The life of zero


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

Spiked Math Comic - Teaching Evaluations


For realsy!

Is that a tangent in your pocket
November 29, 2010 (4.8/5 - 151 ratings)

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


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

Spiked Math Comic - The Joke Book


Rise Against the Machine
October 30, 2010 (4.8/5 - 127 ratings)

Spiked Math Comic - Rise Against the Machine


Teacher Tricks
September 28, 2010 (4.8/5 - 157 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 - 208 ratings)

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


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

Spiked Math Comic - The Date Graph


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

Spiked Math Comic - Friends


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

Spiked Math Comic - Mathematics


The six bridges of Konigsberg
August 10, 2010 (4.8/5 - 151 ratings)

Spiked Math Comic - The six bridges of Konigsberg


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

Spiked Math Comic - Patch Notes


Paradox Day
July 19, 2010 (4.8/5 - 172 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 - 66 ratings)

Spiked Math Comic - The Urn


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

Spiked Math Comic - The Button title=


Q.E.D.
March 31, 2010 (4.8/5 - 70 ratings)

Spiked Math Comic - Q.E.D.


Guide to Acting Like a Math Geek
March 29, 2010 (4.9/5 - 133 ratings)

Spiked Math Comic - Guide to acting like a math geek


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

Spiked Math Comic - j


Geeky Revenge
March 24, 2010 (4.8/5 - 70 ratings)

Spiked Math Comic - Geeky Revenge


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

Spiked Math Comic - Plotting My Revenge


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

Spiked Math Comic - Mathkind

It's official.

Memorizing Pi
March 15, 2010 (4.9/5 - 166 ratings)

Spiked Math Comic - Memorizing Pi


This is a win for math!
March 1, 2010 (4.9/5 - 62 ratings)

Spiked Math Comic - This is a win for math!


Professor's Nightmare
February 25, 2010 (4.8/5 - 90 ratings)

Spiked Math Comic - Professor's Nightmare


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

Spiked Math Comic - World Annihilation


Presidential Debate
February 15, 2010 (4.8/5 - 58 ratings)

Spiked Math Comic - Presidential Debate


Meeting Girls
February 6, 2010 (4.9/5 - 98 ratings)

Spiked Math Comic - Meeting Girls


Close
January 26, 2010 (4.8/5 - 89 ratings)

Spiked Math Comic - Close


But I don't feel like it!
January 23, 2010 (4.8/5 - 73 ratings)

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


How To Make A Mathematician Angry
January 16, 2010 (4.8/5 - 116 ratings)

Spiked Math Comic - How To Make A Mathematician Angry


original


Pi For Sale
January 11, 2010 (4.8/5 - 62 ratings)

Spiked Math Comic - Pi For Sale


original


I Like My Women Like I Like My Math
January 8, 2010 (4.8/5 - 102 ratings)

Spiked Math Comic - I Like My Women Like I Like My Math


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 - 68 ratings)

Spiked Math Comic - Bus Stop Physicists


Nothing
January 3, 2010 (4.9/5 - 70 ratings)

Spiked Math Comic - Nothing


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

Spiked Math Comic - Perfect


12 Days of Christmas
December 20, 2009 (4.8/5 - 71 ratings)

Spiked Math Comic - 12 Days of Christmas


My Two Girls
December 16, 2009 (4.8/5 - 95 ratings)

My "real" life story...

My Two Girls


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

Spiked Math Comic - Summer


x
December 12, 2009 (4.9/5 - 111 ratings)

Spiked Math Comic - x


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

Spiked Math Comic - Right


Not Normal
November 28, 2009 (4.8/5 - 55 ratings)

Spiked Math Comic - Half A Cake


Happy Mathgiving
November 26, 2009 (4.8/5 - 90 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 - 134 ratings)

Spiked Math Comic - How To Email Your Prof


Don't Try This At Home
November 20, 2009 (4.8/5 - 126 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 - 88 ratings)

Spiked Math Comic - Holy shift!

Thanks to Natalie for pointing me towards this MLIA post.


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

Spiked Math Comic - Date


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

Happy Mathoween!

Spiked Math Comic - Happy Halloween


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

Spiked Math Comic - The IQ Test


The second question is "the odd one out".

So You're a Mathematician?
September 19, 2009 (4.8/5 - 178 ratings)

Spiked Math Comic - So You're a Mathematician


Daydreaming
August 31, 2009 (4.8/5 - 223 ratings)

Spiked Math Comic - Daydreaming


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