Meme Adventures: Science and Mathematics Edition

For some, this is an uncomfortable aspect of life; for others, it is nothing more than the truth.

Introduction

The professor from
Russell Johnson, Leonard Nimoy and Greg Morris were just actors; but they brought to life the 1960s-era TV characters that inspired countless people to become interested in science and math.

Considering some of the television programs I watched as a child combined with current events (like the space race), it should come as no surprise that some of the characters on my favorite shows inspired me and countless others to pursue an interest in science and math .

Richard Dawkins and Memes

The person credited with coining the word “meme” is Richard Dawkins. I was lucky enough to meet several scientists and one of them was Dawkins.

Shortly after Dawkins coined the term, the meaning of “meme” began to evolve. Dawkins, being an evolutionary biologist, took it on and adapted.

While some people have different views on what is a true “meme” and what isn’t, I prefer not to get into that debate. I see a meme as preferably a meaningful application of words to a picture to produce a message. I like to use humor in my memes, but I also add elements of irony or point out hypocrisy, like a political cartoonist.

Left image: Cheezburger;  right image photo by DoctorH
Photos of Cheezburger (left) and the author (right).

As a scientist, Dawkins is fair game for a science-based meme.

Science and math in memes

Many memes (not just mine) that relate to science and math focus on the practical difficulties associated with the subjects.

As happens from time to time, some people go further than simply complaining about the drudgery involved in such studies, and will sometimes say that the subjects themselves are so worthless that it was a waste of time to study them in the first place .

Those who dare to make such an insult may deserve a bit of a pushback:

Meme generator: utility of algebra
yes oh

Here’s a modest collection of my memes related to science, math, and engineering, for all the people out there who have invested themselves in the topics.

Chemistry Cat / Science Cat

Chemistry Cat, also called Science Cat, is a classic meme for bringing humor to the sciences. Although such memes can be thought-provoking…

Meme Generator and/or Cheezburger
Isn’t it much easier to just say “sunrise”?? Should we drag Copernicus into it?

… puns based on science are more common.

Meme Generator and/or Cheezburger
Elementary (but technically molecular).
Meme Generator and/or Cheezburger
That’s a bad pun.
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Someone with a science background would get this.

Einstein

Besides being a smart scientist, Albert Einstein is a symbol of smart scientists everywhere. Consequently, it occasionally appears in science memes.

Cheezburger Meme Generator caption
It shouldn’t take Einstein to figure that out.
Cheezburger photo captioned with Meme Generator
Science fans immediately realize that the “equations” can be dismissed because “the units of measurement are obviously not balanced.” And yes, I have seen the classic cartoon that is beloved by scientists.
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God, that was deep.

This and that.

Good luck kid and math;  Meme generator
A young mathematician.
Cheeseburger
There are some things that engineers can’t fix, but they are asked anyway.
Meme generator
I had a professor who did something similar with a problem involving integral calculus. After running three blackboards of calculations, he arrived at an answer, then said, “To check the answer, just differentiate.”
Photo cropped from DK story photo, captioned using the Meme Generator app
This is “doctor talk” about a debilitating condition that affects many political candidates.
Cheeseburger
Puberty explained.
Taken from various promotional photos captioned with the Cheezburger website.
Science is waging an endless battle against human stupidity and stubbornness.
Cheezburger website
True science is more amazing than all the ancient fables.
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Not everyone is excited about the scientific method.
Made using the Cheezburger website
And finally…

Previously

MemeAdventures: Fourth of July Edition

Meme Adventures: Dad Jokes and Puns Edition

Meme Adventures: Star Trek Edition

Meme Adventures: Abraham Lincoln Edition

Meme Adventures: Haiku Edition

Meme Adventures: An Introduction

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