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Some Of The Most Absurd Maths Limericks 2017
4th September 2017
Below is a famous maths limerick from Leigh Mercer, from 1980, it's so neat in it's simplicity and we love it. We thought for a change from riddles this month we'd bring you some classic mathematical limericks from over the years. We hope you enjoy them and they inject a little extra fun into the first weeks of term!
"A dozen, a gross, and a score,
Plus three times the square root of four,
Divided by seven
Plus five times eleven
Is nine-squared, and not a bit more!"
"To find the square root of a third,
Is clearly extremely absurd.
Every math student knows,
The way that it goes:
You' ll always end up with a surd."
"There was an old man who said, “Do
Tell me how I’m to add two and two!
I’m not very sure
That it does not make four,
But I fear that is almost too few.”
J.A. Lindon points out that 1264853971.2758463 is a limerick:
"One thousand two hundred and sixty
four million eight hundred and fifty
three thousand nine hun-
dred and seventy one
point two seven five eight four six three."
"A mathematician confided
That the Mobius band is one-sided
And you’ll get quite a laugh
If you cut one in half
‘Cause it stays in one piece when divided."
"Two framed pictures on the wall.
In one you see nothing at all.
The other a zero,
Quite real and so,
Not ‘nothing’; it’s a number after all!"
By Harvey L. Carter:
"Tis a favourite project of mine
A new value of π to assign.
I would fix it at 3,
For it’s simpler, you see,
"A mathematician named Klein
Thought the Mobius band was divine
Said he: If you glue
The edges of two
You’ll get a weird bottles like mine."
"There once was a student named Trinity
who tried to count to infinity,
but all the digits
would make her figit,
so she switched her studies to divinity."