Monday, October 22, 2012

Science Humour: Interpreting Results

Monday Humour


Scientists At Work:
Source: ScienceGames
This week's humour focuses on Interpreting Results

The Frog Experiment
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ne day after sleeping badly, an anatomist went to his frog laboratory and removed from a cage one frog with white spots on its back. He placed it on a table and drew a line just in front of the frog. "Jump frog, jump!" he shouted. The little critter jumped two feet forward. In his lab book, the anatomist scribbled, "Frog with four legs jumps two feet."

Then, he surgically removed one leg of the frog and repeated the experiment. "Jump, jump!" To which, the frog leaped forward 1.5 feet. He wrote down, "Frog with three legs jumps 1.5 feet."

Next, he removed a second leg. "Jump frog, jump!" The frog managed to jump a foot. He scribbled in his lab book, "Frog with two legs jumps one foot."

Not stopping there, the anatomist removed yet another leg. "Jump, jump!" The poor frog somehow managed to move 0.5 feet forward. The scientist wrote, "Frog with one leg jumps 0.5 feet."

Finally, he eliminated the last leg. "Jump, jump!" he shouted, encouraging forward progress for the frog. But despite all its efforts, the frog could not budge. "Jump frog, jump!" he cried again. It was no use; the frog would not response. The anatomist thought for a while and then wrote in his lab book, "Frog with no legs goes deaf."

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What is 2+2?
Several scholars were asked "What is 2+2?" The engineer whips out his calculator and answers "3.99" The physicist pulls out some technical references, models the problem on the computer and proudly announces "The answer is between 3.98 and 4.02" The statistician replied "I need more data points" The philosopher replies "What is the meaning of 2?" The psychologist replies "How does 2+2 make you feel?" The medical student replies "4" The others look at him and ask "How do you know?" He replies "I memorized it"

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The English major
An English major at a university was taking an astronomy course to satisfy the science requirement. During the last lecture of the semester, the professor spoke about some of the more exotic objects in the universe including black holes. 

Despite his teacher's enthusiasm, the student showed no interest, as was the case for all his astronomy classes during the semester. When the bell rang, the student turned to his friend and said, "The prof says that black holes are interesting, but I think they suck." 
 
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& Finally, 2 quotes
I have yet to see any problem, however complicated, which, when you looked at it the right way, did not become still more complicated. 
Paul Alderson in New Scientist, 25 September 1969, p. 638

An expert is a man who has made all the mistakes, which can be made, in a very narrow field. 
Niels Bohr (1885-1962)