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A cartoon about finding x drawn by Wade Clarke in 2005. It shows a right angled triangle with short sides 3 and 4 cm each and the hypotenuse marked x. The question says find x. Someone has circled the x and written, Here it is!Mathematics has its lighter side.  I believe humans have always thought, puzzled, joked and explored ideas … especially those that are important to them.

Mathematics also provides rich pickings for cartoonists.  I decided to feature a cartoon produced by a fellow Australian that ‘went viral’ about ten years ago. Wade Clarke is a Sydney-based musician, visual artist, game author and writer who deserves recognition for his major contribution to mathematical humour!

Let me encourage you to ‘go exploring’ on the Internet and in libraries for mathematical puzzles of the kind listed here.  Such things add much to ‘mathematical culture!’

Icon for Logic and Lateral Thinking Logic and Lateral Thinking
Icon for Games and Strategies Games and Strategies
Icon for Parity Parity
Icon for Chess Chess
Icon for False Proofs False Proofs
Icon for Codes Codes
Icon for Puzzles and Humour Puzzles and Humour

I have been watching your “Integration technique” videos with high expectation and excitement. They never fail to give me a lot of joy and much pleasure. You must have been one hell of teacher at your time! … just continue making highly enjoyable and intellectually stimulating videos. … Unfortunately, what you learn at the university, you hardly ever see again in your office job. That is why I try to repeat some thing I learned: to enjoy it a bit more, to marvel upon beauty, and to keep my brain sharp. There is where your videos come in perfectly: interesting, amusing and thought provoking problems neatly presented. … You do your best to share your passion, knowledge and experience. The least I can do is to say an honest “Thank you!” As I said, your videos give me much pleasure. You may freely let other people know that. … Rest assured that I shall be watching your videos in the future. With joy and excitement. And I shall comment on them from time to time. You just continue making them.
Zoran V (in private correspondence via YouTube, quoted with permission)

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