27

Oct

A promising PhD candidate was presenting his thesis at his final

examination. He proceeded with a derivation and ended up with

something like:

F = -MA

He was embarrassed, his supervising professor was embarrassed, and the

rest of the committee was embarrassed. The student coughed nervously

and said I seem to have made a slight error back there somewhere.

One of the mathematicians on the committee replied dryly, Either that

or an odd number of them!