Monday, January 02, 2017


I didn't understand this xkcd mug. It turns out it references an old joke, that a mathematician can't tell the difference between a donut and a coffee mug. And this in turn references the 2016 nobel prize in physics, for the idea that the math of topology is going to useful for physicist. They aren't quite sure how yet, but it was enough to win the prize. So the new joke is that a physicist can't tell the difference between a coffee mug and a donut.

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