Comics about mathematics, science, and the student life.


A graph of "Joy" versus "Process". The "Thriving" curve continuously increases, while the "Quitting" curves goes up and then decays.

Distinguishing these curves for myself is a lifelong pursuit.


A time series of arXiv submissions over the course of a day (in EST). Almost nobody submits between 00:00-13:59. There's a huge spike at 14:00, corresponding to papers that will be at the top of the list. The submissions then decay throughout the rest of the day.

This is probably a physics thing, isn’t it?

Careful Opportunities

A density graph for caring. Most people care very little, so there's are big opportunities for those who care more.

Which is why finding work that’s aligned with what you somewhat enjoy is so important.

Notational Bankruptcy

A mathematician looks at his friend while shaking an upside-down "Symbols" bucket. He says, "You ran out of symbols again?! I jut got you a new alphabet!" She shrugs and tells him, "My math is involved."

“Maybe you should go to the linguistics department.”


A poster saying "Wanted. Any instances of 'Utilize'. For needlessly bloating discourse."

I spent the whole afternoon putting these posters up around town, and then somebody brought them all back to me the next day. What’s up with that?

Scarcity Mindset

A person chases a butterfly with a net. He says, "Can't let this first one get away!" Caption: Scarcity Mindset.

I must often remind myself that there will be more opportunities.


A Venn diagram of "Upper Bounds" and "Lower Bounds". The small intersection represents over 90% of mathematics education.

Another entry in the “Distorted Prevalence of Mathematical Concepts” collection, beside “Closed Form Answers”.


A science communication teacher says to their class, "And as a final reminder to all you budding science communicators: avoid clichés like the plague. (Pause) Except?" The class responds enthusiastically, "The mitochondria are the powerhouses of the cell!" The teacher: "I've taught you well."

If you hear the word “powerhouse”, we’re either talking about mitochondria or sports.

Research Career Roadmap

A recipe for a research career. Step 1: Invent a new technique (represented by a triangle). Step 2: Apply it to all of the previous literature. Step 3: Exploit combinatorial explosion.

Then come up with a slightly modified version of your original technique and repeat!


A graph of "Ability to get out of your head" versus "Friends". As you get more friends, it's easier to get out of your head.

Likewise, be that person for someone else.