Comics about mathematics, science, and the student life.

Typography

A professor is at the board showing the relation between speed, wavelength, and frequency, with two of the symbols being very similar.

And don’t even get me started on those sub-sub-subscripts!

Verification

In the first panel, a person climbs a sheer cliff to search for a proof. In the second panel, another person wonders why it took so long when checking the proof was easy.

I can’t tell you the number of times a dead-simple proof eluded me for many hours, only to see the “obvious” answer later.

Upgrade The Observations

A theorist doesn’t like the new data, and tells the experimenter to upgrade the observations.

“You have to look more closely for the results that match my theory!”

The Best Version

Two people are at a board looking at a proof. One says that the proof is really good, and says that the other student is great at writing proofs on their first try. The student agrees, while discretely pushing their scrap work in the bin.

If you ever find yourself thinking, “This is a really nice proof,” chances are the person spent a ton of time in the background refining it.

Time Blocks

A student thinks about how they should really start reading a paper for their thesis. In the second panel, a friend asks how the paper went, and the student says that they just could never find a long enough block of time.

Everyone knows we need at least four hours to really dig into a paper!”

Small Trick

Two students are at a blackboard working on a problem. One complains that they've been trying to figure this out for hours, and the other points out that the answer is simple if you use a small trick.

The number of times a “small trick” works to solve physics problems is quite large.

Tightrope

A student walks across a valley on a tightrope, and laments the fact that they didn't bring a safety net.

“I woud have even settled for some thicker rope!”

Spilling Over

A person sleeps in a tub while the water begins to overflow.

The worst part is that you only notice it’s a problem when the overflow happens.

Target Practice

In the first panel, physicists line up to a target to try and hit the centre with their darts, representing their pet theories. In the second panel, almost no dart is in the centre.

Let’s just try to throw as much as we can against the target and see what sticks!

Suggestive

In the first panel, a physicist tells the other that the media always twists their technical terms. The friend replies by saying that physicists might be a bit too suggestive with their names, and rattles off a bunch of buzz words.

“I guess we might be too good at our PR.”