Comics about mathematics, science, and the student life.

Old Material

A student complains in class because the teacher is going over material they covered last semester. The teacher is surprised that the student covered everything in the textbook, and the student clarifies that they *only* got to Chapter Four.

I suspect the number of students who ever cover the material in an entire textbook of any kind is vanishingly small. And yet, we often get to the end of the semester thinking that we’ve learned all we need to know about a subject.

Information Loss

One person is incredulous that their physicist friend does not believe in conservation of information. The friend explains that they lost faith in the idea after seeing so many students forget topics that he taught them.

The real challenge would be explaining this information loss if information was conserved!

Powerful Tools

On the left, a mathematics professor presents their students with safety scissors, promising that the real thing will come after ten more weeks of work. On the right, a physics professor simply gives them the sharpest object they can find.

My favourite part is when a physics professor will skip all of the details surrounding a mathematical idea and simply say, “This is what you need to do the calculations here.”

Research Niche

A scientist walks with a friend, who remarks that they must be an absolute expert in their field after studying it for years. A thought bubble emerges showing how their specialty a corner of a corner of a field.

Most of the time, I’m just trying to redirect the conversation toward that specific niche where I feel comfortable.

Leaky

On the left, there's a bowl that represents the brain and is being filled with knowledge. On the right, there's the reality, which is a bowl with a bunch of holes in it.

“Don’t you remember everything you learned last semester? I’m just going to pretend that you do.”

Mathematical Majesty

Two peasants approach the mathematical king with presents. The first offers only an example in which a conjecture is true. The king is not impressed. The second peasant brings a shiny counterexample, and the kind automatically takes a liking to this peasant.

Now that would be a wild world if mathematicians were kings.

Local Minimum

One person tells a friend that they wish they could get into an exercise habit, but it's just so difficult. The friend shrugs and tells them that they are trapped in a local minimum of laziness.

Unfortunately, this happens to all of us in some area of our lives.

Remain On Path

A student has a path that stretches out before them, with signs on either side telling them to stay on the path.

Sad, but too often true.

Historical Introduction

A professor introduces the class to a new topic and begins with the historical introduction, even if it's not very helpful.

Is this way more confusing? Maybe, but we’re going to forge ahead anyway!

Artistic Rendition

A scientist presents their data, and it is really clean and perfect. An audience member comments on how great the data is, mentioning that the error bars are so small that they can't be seen. The scientist replies by saying that their in-house artist "cleaned up" the diagram because it was super noisy.

Presenting experimental data: the art of making your errors not seem too bad.