Comics about mathematics, science, and the student life.

Intermediate Steps

Professor: "We are running out of time, so let's use my favourite method of proof." Students: "Contrapositive?", "Contradiction?", "Induction?" Professor: "Proof by skipping intermediate steps!"

“I don’t know why they don’t teach this in school anymore. I’ve found it to be very helpful in getting through material quickly.”

Mistakes

First panel: The supervisor tells his student that there was a mistake in their paper, so it's the student's job to fix it. Second panel: All week, the student looks for the mistake, but can't seem to find it. The student concludes they are being stupid. Third panel: The supervisor tells the student that the good news is that there wasn't any mistake after all!

More or less based on a true story.

Low Expectations

A physics student walks toward their new lab, hoping that it will have a nice window. Instead, all they get is a view of people's feet.

Maybe I was just unlucky with where I studied, but the windows reminded me of a prison.

Well-Known

Researcher 1: "So, I just cracked a big math proof in my field." Researcher 2: "Oh yeah?" Researcher 1: "Yep, it's a well-known conjecture that I've been working on for years." Researcher 2: "How many people know about this conjecture?" Researcher 1: "Tons! At least ten."

I apologize to the mathematicians that may be offended. Don’t worry, my research problems are probably just as well known!

Resiliency

On the left, a student complains about seeing a topic on the test which is slightly different than what they saw in class. On the right, the student sees this as a fun challenge.

I aspire to be the student on the right, but I know myself well enough to admit that my reaction is usually the one on the left.

Lecture Audience

A three-panel progression of an audience during a lecture, from the perspective of the teacher. The audience starts attentive, and gradually the students fall off one by one.

I wonder if teachers play a mental game of seeing who can hang on in the lecture the longest.

Science Costume

A scientist asks a friend what their costume is supposed to be, since they are only carrying a labeller. The friend replies that they are dressing as a scientist because labelling is pretty much all scientists do.

At least I didn’t show up with just a lab coat!

Popular Physics

In the first panel, a student reads a popular physics book and enjoys the material. In the second panel, the student asks the teacher to skip the "boring" math stuff in order to get to the time travel and black holes.

“We can’t skip the mathematics. It’s the most important part!”

“If that was true, why didn’t my book mention any of that?”

Applications

Researcher (while writing a paper): "Now for the most creative part of writing a paper: coming up with applications that are exciting but not too wild!"

I wonder if putting down “This may change the world” is too hyperbolic…

Creative Writing

The professor: "To begin your training as a researcher, I've enrolled you in a creative writing class." Student: "Shouldn't I be doing science?" Professor: "No, no. You first have to be good at writing catchy titles so that people actually read your work!"

“This sounds more like manipulation than science.”

“Hey, I’m just looking out for you as your supervisor.”