Random Joke #14: Prime Numbers

Several non-mathematicians were asked to identify all the prime numbers between 1 to 100.

Psychologist: 2 is prime, 3 is prime, 5 is prime, 7 is prime and 9 is prime as well though it tries to suppress it.

Philosopher: I don’t really know the answer to that, but I’m glad that we can have an opportunity to talk about it.

Programmer: (while reading the computer output) 2 is a prime, 2 is a prime, 2 is a prime… What the heck!

Physicist: 3 is prime, 5 is prime, 7 is prime, 9 is an experimental error, 11 is prime. Just to make sure, I’ll pick other random sample numbers. 13 is prime, 17 is prime, 19 is prime. See? 

Medical Student: 2 is prime, 3 is prime, 5 is prime… 97 is prime.

Others: How did you know all of that?!

Medical Student: I memorized them all!

Politician: Some numbers are primes while many are not. My aim is to create a gentler and kinder world where any number can become a prime.

Another Politician: No, don’t listen to him. He would have to raise taxes just to do a fraction of what he promised. 

Programmer: Wait a minute, I think I have an algorithm from Knuth on finding prime numbers… just a little bit longer, I’ve found the last bug… no, that’s not it… ya know, I think there may be a compiler bug here — oh, did you want IEEE-918.1582 rounding or not? – was that in the spec? — hold on, I’ve almost got it — I was up all night working on this program, ya know… now if management would just get me that new workstation that just came out, I’d be done by now… etc., etc. …

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10 thoughts on “Random Joke #14: Prime Numbers

    1. This is like a common sentence in math papers and books:

      “The proof is left as an exercise for the reader.”

      The funny thing is, the proofs are a lot more rigorous than what the sentence may lead you to believe most of the time.

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