William H. Sills (email@example.com)
Fri Mar 20 21:30:37 1998
The graduate with a Science degree asks, "Why does it work?"
The graduate with an Engineering degree asks, "How does it
The graduate with an Economics degree asks, "How much will
The graduate with a Liberal Arts degree asks, "Would you
like fries with that?"
Engineers think that equations approximate the real world.
Scientists think that the real world approximates equations.
Mathematicians are unable to make the connection.
A Mathematician, a Biologist, and a Physicist are sitting in
a street cafe watching people going in and coming out of the
house on the other side of the street.
First, they see two people going into the house. Time
After a while they notice three persons coming out of the
The Physicist: "The initial measurement wasn't accurate".
The Biologist: "They have reproduced".
The Mathematician: "If exactly 1 person enters the house,
then it will be empty again."
Three engineering students were gathered together discussing
the possible designers of the human body.
One said, "It was a mechanical engineer. Just look at all
Another said, "No, it was an electrical engineer. The
nervous system has many thousands of electrical
The last said, "Actually, it was a civil engineer. Who else
would run a toxic waste pipeline through a recreational
An engineer, a physicist, and a mathematician are shown a
pasture with a herd of sheep, and told to put them inside
the smallest possible amount of fence.
The engineer is first. He herds the sheep into a circle and
then puts the fence around them, declaring, "A circle will
use the least fence for a given area, so this is the best
The physicist is next. She creates a circular fence of
infinite radius around the sheep, and then draws the fence
tight around the herd, declaring, "This will give the
smallest circular fence around the herd."
The mathematician is last. After giving the problem a little
thought, he puts a small fence around himself and then
declares, "I define myself to be on the outside!"