Wednesday, 17 October 2007


With apologies to my favourite matehmatician...

An engineer, physicist, and mathematician are all challenged with a problem: to fry an egg when there is a fire in the house. The engineer just grabs a huge bucket of water, runs over to the fire, and puts it out. The physicist thinks for a long while, and then measures a precise amount of water into a container. He takes it over to the fire, pours it on, and with the last drop the fire goes out. The mathematician pores over pencil and paper. After a few minutes he goes "Aha! A solution exists!" and goes back to frying the egg.

Sequel: This time they are asked simply to fry an egg (no fire). The engineer just does it, kludging along; the physicist calculates carefully and produces a carefully cooked egg; and the mathematician lights a fire in the corner, and says,"I have reduced it to the previous problem."

1 comment:

  1. Any scientific trait in my character is obviously that of an engineer. As a piece of character analysis the statements might have been quite astute. But were they funny or am I missing something? Or is that the engineer in me talking?


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