In mathematics, this is known as “proof by circularity”, and is partly where I got the idea for this comic (from someone else).

However, my *real* motivation came from the fact that I was looking at the literature for a specific topic, and I kept on seeing the same few papers being referenced. I was hoping to find something new, but I couldn’t seem to break this “bubble” of citations.

He also doesn’t believe in exhaustion, since you can’t check each case. Nor is he a fan of the continuum.

14 Feb 2020

“To prove this statement, I invoke Theorem 3.2 of our textbook in conjunction with Corollary 67.1, which together implies our result trivially.”

12 Feb 2020

The side job of a scientist is being a public advocate for science anyway. I guess we are close to politicians after all.

10 Feb 2020

I just try to be unreasonable all the time. Much easier to be consistent.

07 Feb 2020

As you might imagine, this is *definitely* based on a true story. I mean come on, the problem was identical to the previous, save one number.

“You just told me I had to give the students a *chance* to ask questions, not that they actually needed to!”