Comics about mathematics, science, and the student life.


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.


Left panel (In the past): A person walks up to a signpost that clearly says, "". They say, "Ah, that's where I'm going!" Right panel (Now): The person approaches a much larger signpost, which says, "" They say, "Where the hell is this?!"

Am I the only one who likes to know where I’m going when I click a link?

Lead By Example

A long procession of cars is behind me, with several of them honking and beeping. The caption: Me, helping everyone follow the speed limit.

Leaders are always misunderstood.

Calendar Ping Pong

A classic game of "Pong", but the two paddles represent my calendar and your calendar. There are a lot of exchanges.

If the rally goes on too long for a time-sensitive issue, the issue goes away!

Optimal Arrival

A timeline of arriving to a meeting. Around 5 minutes before the meeting is when you should arrive for physical meetings. There's an inset graph near the time of the meeting starts, which shows how you enter a virtual meeting only seconds before the meeting time.

If you arrive more than five seconds before the meeting, there are no established rules of etiquette.


Left panel (As a student): A student pumps her fist and says, "I have to get this expression exactly right!" Right panel (As a theorist): She puts out a hand and asks, "What's a constant between friends?"

“How can I put in the least effort to answer my question?”

Cramming In

A professor in front of the room says, "It's the last class of the term, but I'll at least introduce this topic." A student raises his hand and asks, "So it won't be on the final?" She responds, "Oh yes, of course it will be a big component." (Pause) "It's also pretty hard."

“Just look at these notes that I’ll post three days before the exam but never explain. You’ll get all the ideas there.”

Never-Ending Projects

A graph of the number of never-ending projects versus overwhelm. The curve rapidly increases without bound. There's an arrow pointing to the curve at high overwhelm which says, "Why endings are useful."

If you’re like me and want to do everything, it’s a lot easier when you don’t require doing each new activity until you die.