Math Jokes

The Pope

Some say the pope is the greatest cardinal. But others insist this cannot be so, as every pope has a successor.


Mathematics is made of 50 percent formulas, 50 percent proofs, and 50 percent imagination.

French Math Humor

A British mathematician was giving a talk in Grothendieck’s seminar in Paris. He started “Let X be a variety…”. This caused some talking among the students sitting in the back, who were asking each other “What’s a variety?”. J.-P. Serre, sitting in the front row, turns around a bit annoyed and says “Integral scheme of …

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Tough Question

Professor: What is a root of f(z) of multiplicity k? Student: It is a number a such that if you plug it into f, you get 0; if you plug it in again, you again get 0, and so k times. But if you plug it into f for the k+1-st time, you do not …

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