Wednesday 10 August 2005 at 11:47 pm | In Articles | 4 Comments

MathWorld is a wonderful mathematics resource that is well worth browsing. It’s nice to see it has a sense of humour too – see 2001 A Space Odyssey and 42.

Does anybody know of other similar humorous entries at MathWorld or at other such resources such as PlanetMath or the maths pages of Wikipedia?


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  1. My friend recently emailled me this link

    But aside from the school boy hilarity of the mention of “hairy ball” Wikipedia resist any temptation to make further jokes…

    Comment by Craig — Thursday 11 August 2005 8:58 am #

  2. The Hairy Ball Theorem was a favourite of Prof Christopher Zeeman at Warwick who often talked about it. However, we weren’t able to follow a proof of the theorem until an Algebraic Topology course in the 3rd year. There it became the Generalized Hairy Ball Theorem There is no continuous field of non-zero tangent vectors on an even dimensional sphere

    In the same category someone needs to add the Ham Sandwich Theorem to Wikipedia. It can be found at MathWorld and PlanetMath

    Comment by Steve — Thursday 11 August 2005 10:11 am #

  3. Pardon me but I don’t get the 2001 Space Odyssey entry

    Comment by tpc — Friday 12 August 2005 4:39 pm #

  4. Click on the link there and the sentence at the end of the first paragraph explains the relevance.

    Comment by Steve — Friday 12 August 2005 4:56 pm #

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