Comics about mathematics, science, and the student life.


Two graduate students are in their office. One turns, looks to the other, and asks her, "So you signed up for the free food?" She looks back and clarifies, "Um, you mean the scientific workshop?" He answers, "Sure, that'll be nice too."

“I scope out my seminars by food availability.”


Left panel (Caption: Almost everywhere you're a cyborg.): A person stands with their wireless headphones and phone. Right panel (Caption: Except for tests. When you're not.): A teacher hands a test to their student and says, "No phone, no internet. Only yourself."

In the future, there will be a whole “decontamination procedure” to rid students of augmentations before they take tests.

School's Out

Two students are walking out of their school. One says, "Do you want to learn--" But his friend interrupts him and says, "Hey! As soon as I step out of that place, there's no more learning for me!"

“But wouldn’t it be cool to build up some skills?”

“It would be even cooler to free up some headspace from all that useless stuff I had to cram in for our exams.”


A graph of "Core Functionality" versus "Features". As the number of features increases, the core functionality decreases.

Pairs well with a lovely Craig Mod essay.

Framing Failure

Left panel: A frame with a bunch of Xs, indicating failures. A person off-panel says, "I need a bigger frame." Right panel: There's now a much bigger frame with the failures all in the bottom-left corner, indicating the much larger possibility space. The person says, "That's better!"

In tough situations, look for possibility.

The Top

A woman stands at the top of a hill labeled, "Life Accomplishments". She says, "Finally, I've made it! Those years paid off." (Pause) "But now what?"

This is why setting “infinite game” types of goals is probably a good thing.


A mathematician and her friend are talking. Her friend says, "You're always saying math is beautiful. How can I see it too?" The mathematician lifts up a hand and says, "Spend years studying it." She says, "Is there something a little...faster?" The mathematician says, "It's an acquired taste."

As attributed to Euclid: “There is no royal road to geometry.”


A scientist walks with her friend. He asks, "So you just spend every day failing?" She lifts her arms in the air and responds, "And the few times I succeed each year makes it worthwhile!" He says, "Scientists are weird."

“That one time, I went about a decade without any real breakthrough. But it felt really good when I had it!”


A manager sits at his desk in a meeting with his worker. He says, "I'm concerned about your lack of progress." She says, "Don't worry, I chipped away at half of what was left. I'm sur I'll do the same tomorrow." The manager responds, "You've said this for the last month." She shrugs and says, "You can't argue with a geometric series."

“At least I converge.”

Error Diagnosis

Two researchers are walking together. One asks his friend, "What was the most important programming skill you learned as a researcher?" She says, "How to search online for my error messages."

Searching online: The new “library research” skill.