Monday, July 03, 2006

SKIP THIS JOKE IF YOU'RE NOT A MATHEMATICIAN

It was the early 1970s at the U.S. Military Research site in Area 51. The scientists had finally completed the dreaded Project Spectrum, which could neutralize an incoming missile, when the KGB spy made his move. During the scientists' lunch break, he broke into the laboratory, subdued the unfortunate telephone operator who had remained in the lab, and absconded with the project.

Returning from lunch, the scientists found their lab ransacked, Project Spectrum missing, and the telephone operator bound and gagged in the corner. They summoned the soldiers from the base.

Immediately the mathematician exclaimed, "We've got to get to the airfield; the spy will try and escape in the new stealth plane!"

The soldiers ran with the mathematician to the airstrip, where indeed the spy was just about to take off in the complicated stealth jet. They pushed out a blockade just in the nick of time, and finally recaptured the spy and the missing Project Spectrum with him.

Then the physicist turned to the mathematician and asked, "How did you know so quickly where the spy would go?"

"Well, mathematically it's obvious. A bounded operator always means there's a spectrum on the complex plane."




So, math peoples, I just came up with that. Needs work, I know, but does it have potential?

And to the rest of you: I'm terribly sorry.

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