February 19, 2009

Firefighter mathematician

A mathematician is going for a job as a firefighter. The chief asks him "if you see a bin on fire in an alleyway, what do you do?"

"Well, I would make sure it's safe to enter the area, check for electrical hazards, then hose it off or call for help."

"Good. So what if you see a bin in an alleyway that looks like it might catch fire?"

"I'd set it on fire, reducing the problem to one I have already solved ..."


Shamelessly stolen from user "wisty" on slashdot

Posted by jeffreyb at February 19, 2009 03:40 PM
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