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Book Details2009; 271 ppMSC: Primary 97; 00
What's so funny about math? Lots! Especially if you're mathematically bent. In the world of Colin Adams, differential equations bring on tears of laughter. Hollywood producers hire algebraic geometers to punch up a script. In this world, math and humor are synonymous. Riot at the Calc Exam is a proof of this fact.
A collection of humorous math stories, this book gives a window into mathematics and the culture of mathematicians. Appropriate for mathematicians, math students, math teachers, lay people with an interest in mathematics, and indeed everyone else. This book is a romp through the wild world of mathematics.
ReadershipGeneral mathematical audience interested in light mathematical reading.

Table of Contents

Chapters

1. The S. S. Riemann

2. Pythagoras’s darkest hour

3. Mangum, P. I.

4. Overcoming math anxiety

5. A difficult delivery

6. A proof of God

7. The red badge of courage

8. This theorem is big

9. Journey to the center of mathematics

10. The theorem blaster

11. Riot at the calc exam

12. The mathematical ethicist

13. Phone interview

14. The integral: A horror story

15. The three little pigs

16. Northnorthwestern State University mathematics department safety manual

17. Trial and error

18. Hiring season

19. Class reunion

20. Worstcasescenario survival handbook: Mathematics

21. Into thin air

22. Math talk

23. A deprogrammer’s tale

24. Research announcement

25. A killer theorem

26. A subprime lending market primer

27. Fields medalist stripped

28. More from the mathematical ethicist

29. Math fall fashion preview

30. Dr. Yeckel and Mr. Hide

31. The Pepsi Putnam challenge

32. Vital sines

33. Rumpled Stiltsken

Notes

34. Notes for “The S. S. Riemann”

35. Notes for “Overcoming math anxiety”

36. Notes for “A difficult delivery”

37. Notes for “A proof of God”

38. Notes for “The red badge of courage”

39. Notes for “Journey to the center of mathematics”

40. Notes for “The integral: A horror story”

41. Notes for “The three little pigs”

42. Notes for “Class reunion”

43. Notes for “Into thin air”

44. Notes for “A deprogrammer’s tale”

45. Notes for “Research announcement”

46. Notes for “Fields medalist stripped”

47. Notes for “Vital sines”

48. Notes for “Rumpled Stiltsken”


Additional Material

Reviews

A collection of humorous math stories, this book gives a window into mathematics and the culture of mathematicians. Appropriate for mathematicians, math students, math teachers, lay people with an interest in mathematics, and indeed everyone else. This book is a romp through the wild world of mathematics.
Zentralblatt MATH 
Colin Adams writes some pretty funny mathematical tales, covering everything from the job interview to theorem proving to mathematical couture...had me laughing out loud. None of the stories require any mathematical sophistication to enjoy... any student would be able to enjoy this book.
Gregory P. Dresden, MAA Online 
...a funny book. The author plays everything for laughs, and there's a lot to laugh at. ...I consider [the author] one of the funniest mathematicians I have ever met. This book bears that out.
Cap Khoury, Not About Apples (Blog) 
Finally, a collection of hilarious mathematical stories by Colin Adams! ...I'm very pleased to see that this book is available because Colin Adams is the funniest mathematician I know...
Mathematical Fiction (Blog) 
This book would make a great gift for that special person in your life who likes to read funny stories about math ...my FunnyoMeter was definitely pointing somewhere between "amazing" and "hilarious".
The Math Less Traveled (Blog) 
... rush for a copy...the reading is murderously funny, but includes some subtleties to think [about].
Jesus M. Ruiz, The European Mathematical Society


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What's so funny about math? Lots! Especially if you're mathematically bent. In the world of Colin Adams, differential equations bring on tears of laughter. Hollywood producers hire algebraic geometers to punch up a script. In this world, math and humor are synonymous. Riot at the Calc Exam is a proof of this fact.
A collection of humorous math stories, this book gives a window into mathematics and the culture of mathematicians. Appropriate for mathematicians, math students, math teachers, lay people with an interest in mathematics, and indeed everyone else. This book is a romp through the wild world of mathematics.
General mathematical audience interested in light mathematical reading.

Chapters

1. The S. S. Riemann

2. Pythagoras’s darkest hour

3. Mangum, P. I.

4. Overcoming math anxiety

5. A difficult delivery

6. A proof of God

7. The red badge of courage

8. This theorem is big

9. Journey to the center of mathematics

10. The theorem blaster

11. Riot at the calc exam

12. The mathematical ethicist

13. Phone interview

14. The integral: A horror story

15. The three little pigs

16. Northnorthwestern State University mathematics department safety manual

17. Trial and error

18. Hiring season

19. Class reunion

20. Worstcasescenario survival handbook: Mathematics

21. Into thin air

22. Math talk

23. A deprogrammer’s tale

24. Research announcement

25. A killer theorem

26. A subprime lending market primer

27. Fields medalist stripped

28. More from the mathematical ethicist

29. Math fall fashion preview

30. Dr. Yeckel and Mr. Hide

31. The Pepsi Putnam challenge

32. Vital sines

33. Rumpled Stiltsken

Notes

34. Notes for “The S. S. Riemann”

35. Notes for “Overcoming math anxiety”

36. Notes for “A difficult delivery”

37. Notes for “A proof of God”

38. Notes for “The red badge of courage”

39. Notes for “Journey to the center of mathematics”

40. Notes for “The integral: A horror story”

41. Notes for “The three little pigs”

42. Notes for “Class reunion”

43. Notes for “Into thin air”

44. Notes for “A deprogrammer’s tale”

45. Notes for “Research announcement”

46. Notes for “Fields medalist stripped”

47. Notes for “Vital sines”

48. Notes for “Rumpled Stiltsken”

A collection of humorous math stories, this book gives a window into mathematics and the culture of mathematicians. Appropriate for mathematicians, math students, math teachers, lay people with an interest in mathematics, and indeed everyone else. This book is a romp through the wild world of mathematics.
Zentralblatt MATH 
Colin Adams writes some pretty funny mathematical tales, covering everything from the job interview to theorem proving to mathematical couture...had me laughing out loud. None of the stories require any mathematical sophistication to enjoy... any student would be able to enjoy this book.
Gregory P. Dresden, MAA Online 
...a funny book. The author plays everything for laughs, and there's a lot to laugh at. ...I consider [the author] one of the funniest mathematicians I have ever met. This book bears that out.
Cap Khoury, Not About Apples (Blog) 
Finally, a collection of hilarious mathematical stories by Colin Adams! ...I'm very pleased to see that this book is available because Colin Adams is the funniest mathematician I know...
Mathematical Fiction (Blog) 
This book would make a great gift for that special person in your life who likes to read funny stories about math ...my FunnyoMeter was definitely pointing somewhere between "amazing" and "hilarious".
The Math Less Traveled (Blog) 
... rush for a copy...the reading is murderously funny, but includes some subtleties to think [about].
Jesus M. Ruiz, The European Mathematical Society