"Multiple Choice Question

(A) A Ph.D. in Mathematical Biology

(B) A Ph.D. in Theoretical Mathematics

(C) A Ph.D. in Statistics

(D) A large pepperoni pizza

Answer: (B) - the other three can all feed a family of four."

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*Multiple Choice:*Which of the following is the most different from the others?(A) A Ph.D. in Mathematical Biology

(B) A Ph.D. in Theoretical Mathematics

(C) A Ph.D. in Statistics

(D) A large pepperoni pizza

Answer: (B) - the other three can all feed a family of four."

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- As someone who has a PhD in pure mathematics and works in applications of mathematics, WTF is "Theoretical Mathematics"?

(Maybe that's the joke?)Feb 21, 2013 - I've known some theoretical mathematics students. They liked to talk a lot of about cool stuff but in practice they were not mathematics students.Feb 21, 2013
- +David Malone I believe in some cultural contexts, pure math is called theoretical mathematics.Feb 21, 2013
- Feb 22, 2013
- +Christopher Smith Interesting - it's certainly not commonly used in my experience - see Aruthur Jaffe's paper here http://arxiv.org/abs/math/9307227 - it gets quotes to demonstrate it's referring to something unusual (in analogue to "Theoretical Physics").Feb 22, 2013