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The Task of Screwing in a Light Bulb

Question: How many mathematics professors does it take to change a light bulb?

Answer: None. The answer is intuitively obvious or. It's left to the reader as an exercise.


Question: How many numerical analysts does it take to change a light bulb?

Answer: 3.9967 (after six iterations).


Question: How many mathematical logicians does it take to change a light bulb?

Answer: None. They can't do it, but they can easily prove that it can be done.


Question: How many classical geometers does it take to change a light bulb?

Answer: None. You can't do it with a straight edge and a compass.


Question: How many math analysts does it take to change a light bulb?

Answer: Three. One to prove existence, one to prove uniqueness and one to derive a nonconstructive algorithm to do it.


Question: How many number theorists does it take to change a light bulb?

Answer: I don't know the exact number, but I am sure it must be some rather elegant prime.


Question: How many statisticians does it take to screw in a light bulb?

Answer: 1 to 3, alpha = .05


Question: How many math students does it take to change a light bulb?

Answer: Ten. One to do it and nine to watch.


Question:How many topologists does it take to change a light bulb?

Answer: Just one. But what will you do with the doughnut?


Question: How many research mathematicians does it take change a light bulb?

Answer: One. With eight research students, two programmers, three post-docs and a secretary to help.


Question: How many tenure-track professors does it take to change a light bulb?

Answer: Four. One to do it and three to co-author the paper.


Question: How many graduate students does it take to change a light bulb?

Answer: Only one. But it takes nine years.


Question: How many math department administrators does it take to change a light bulb?

Answer: None. What was wrong with the old one?

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