Stop Me If You've Heard This Theorem Before

There is mathematics in humor. Don’t laugh—or maybe do.

Mathematics Logic Rationalism

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September-October 2020

Volume 108, Number 5
Page 306

DOI: 10.1511/2020.108.5.306

Is there something funny about mathematics? To people who associate math with filing taxes and calculating tips, the answer is an easy “no.” To those of us who spend our lives immersed in numbers, the joke is on you: Without knowing it, you’ve been laughing at mathematical principles all along. Math is lurking in ordinary punch lines, comic strips, and television skits. Often it forms their foundation.

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