Guess Who’s the Best Mathematician of All Time?

July 18, 2012 at 11:15 pm 5 comments

Just as Anna Nicole Smith was the premier jeans model in the 1990’s, Carl Friedrich Gauss was the preeminent mathematician of the 1800’s. (Wow, did I really just compare a model known primarily for taking off her clothes and meeting an early demise with a mathematician who made significant contributions in number theory and statistics, as well as astronomy and optics? But the analogy isn’t completely absurd — after all, Carl Friedrich was one of the five hottest mathematicians.)

Recognizing the similarities between these two giants in their fields, it was impossible to resist the urge to create the following poster. Enjoy.


Here’s an up-close look at the Gauss® symbol:

Gauss Symbol

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  • 1. Do You Own a Pair? | Rhapsody in Numbers  |  July 19, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    […] the vein of the silliness suggested by Patrick Vennebush at Math Jokes 4 Mathy Folks, I present Gottfried Leibnitz, jeans model. Gauss, eat your heart […]

  • 2. xander  |  July 19, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    Because I clearly have nothing better to do with my time (my students don’t need their work graded, right?):

    • 3. venneblock  |  July 19, 2012 at 1:48 pm

      Before I posted the image last night, I showed it to my wife. Her reception was luke warm, at best. I look forward to telling her, “Ha! Math people found it funny! In fact, one of my regular readers thought it was worth imitating!” The highest form of flattery.

      I love your poster, Xander! But I would have titled it, “Do you have a pair?” for the double entendre.

  • 4. xander  |  July 19, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    “But I would have titled it, “Do you have a pair?” for the double entendre.”

    That, sir, is why you are a published “comedian,” and I am but a grad student. 😉

  • 5. Binarily We Roll Along… « Math Jokes 4 Mathy Folks  |  November 11, 2012 at 8:45 pm

    […] above silliness is a follow-up to the Gauss® jeans ad that I created and the Leibniz jeans ad that was posted at Rhapsody in […]


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