The Three Academics: A Joke

Mathematicians really care about correctness. We believe unspoken assumptions are dangerous. We think vague language is confusing, and saying more or less than we mean is grounds for misunderstanding. We want terms to be clearly defined, and for points to follow logically, like links in an unbreakable chain of truth. But sometimes people say things that are completely reasonable and yet we still feel the need to set them straight:

This is my first contribution to the world of webcomics, a medium I’ve long admired for being able to deliver witty, weird reflections on life in simple packages. Giving credit where it’s due, this “joke” is adapted from The Curious Case of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon and the art style takes after poorlydrawnlines by Reza Farazmand. In living out generous making, this comic is available as a high resolution PNG or PDF for you to use as you’d like. (Just keep my authorship in the corner intact, please!)

And hey, to the economists out there: if you’ve got any good roasts of mathematicians, I’m all ears.

Joshua J. Daymude
Joshua J. Daymude
Assistant Professor, Computer Science

I am a Christian and assistant professor in computer science studying collective emergent behavior and programmable matter through the lens of distributed computing, stochastic processes, and bio-inspired algorithms. I also love gaming and playing music.