Tuesday, October 12, 2010

The Derivatives are Coming!

A few days back, I was in a MORE-GEEKY-THAN-USUAL dinner with friends. It felt like I was in a Big Bang Episode. Only that I wasn't Sheldon, Leonard, Howard, nor Raj.... I was Penny! 

Here's one of the jokes that I find hilarious at this point because of a number of things.

[Joke published with permission from "Author/Sharer"]

There was a party where all the math functions are present.

There's f(x) = x, f(x) = x^2, f(x) = cos(x), and a lot others. 

Photo from: http://www.scilab.org/product/man/Mathoperations_pal.htm

Suddenly f(x) = sqrt(x) shouted in panic: THE DERIVATIVES ARE COMING! THE DERIVATIVES ARE COMING! 

Pandemonium reigned. Everyone in the party ran for their lives, ALL EXCEPT f(x) = e^x. 

A fellow function asked him: aren't you going to run and hide? 

e^x replied "I AM e^x, d/dx WILL NEVER CHANGE ME." 

Photo from: http://www.regentsprep.org/Regents/math/algtrig/ATP8b/exponentialFunction.htm

And so e^x was left in the middle of the hall, undeterred, minding his own thing. 


d/dy was among them.

e^x said, "OH CRAP"

Okay, now is the time to laugh. -(",)-*wink*

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