Title: Engineers vs. Mathmaticians vs. Scientists
The graduate with a Science degree asks, "Why does it work?"
The graduate with an Engineering degree asks, "How does it work?"
The graduate with an Accounting degree asks, "How much will it cost?"
The graduate with a Liberal Arts degree asks, "Do you want fries with
that?"
Engineers think that equations approximate the real world. Scientists
think that the real world approximates equations. Mathematicians are
unable to make the connection...
A Mathematician, a Scientist and a Engineer are sitting in a street cafe
watching people going in and coming out of the house on the other side of
the street. First they see two people going into the house. Time passes.
After a while they notice three persons coming out of the house. The
Engineer: "The measurement wasn't accurate.".
The Scientist's conclusion: "They have reproduced".
The Mathematician: "If now exactly 1 person enters the house then it will
be empty again."
Three engineering students were gathered together discussing the possible
designers of the human body.
One said, ``It was a mechanical engineer. Just look at all the joints.''
Another said, ``No, it was an electrical engineer. The nervous system has
many thousands of electrical connections.''
The last said, ``Actually it was a civil engineer. Who else would run a
toxic waste pipeline through a recreational area?''
An engineer, a mathematician, and a scientist went to the races one
Saturday and laid their money down. Commiserating in the bar after the
race, the engineer says, "I don't understand why I lost all my money. I
measured all the horses and calculated their strength and mechanical
advantage and figured out how fast they could run..." The scientist
interrupted him: "...but you didn't take individual variations into
account. I did a statistical analysis of their previous performances and
bet on the horses with the highest probability of winning..."
"...so if you're so hot why are you broke?" asked the engineer. But before
the argument can grow, the mathematician takes out his pipe and they get a
glimpse of his well-fattened wallet. Obviously here was a man who knows
something about horses. They both demanded to know his secret. "Well," he
says, between puffs on the pipe, "first I assumed all the horses were
identical and spherical..."
As an experiment, an engineer, a scientist, and a mathematician are placed
in separate rooms and left with a can of food, but no can opener. A day
later, the rooms are opened, one-by-one. In the first room, the engineer
is snoring, with a battered, opened and emptied can. When asked, he
explains that when he got hungry, he beat the can to its failure point. In
the second room, the scientist is seen mouthing equations, with a can
popped open beside him. When asked, he explains that when he got hungry,
he examined the stress points of the can, applied pressure, and "pop!" In
the third room, the mathematician is found sweating, and mumbling to
himself, "Assume the can is open, assume the can is open..."
From: Karen