Why do mathematicians always look so scrawny and undernourished?_______* And because it's bound to upset someone and generate all sorts of counter-examples. And that's fun for everyone!
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Not enough sunlight? That's my guess. It's correlated with not going out (to eat), not playing any sports etc etc...Then again, the sqvirrel could be described as such and he's a classicist (still pretty nerdy, granted). But he's scrawny cos his dad is scrawny. Undernourished he doesn't really look. He can cook!
Can't help but chime in with the counterexample: the mathematician I went to college with who worked out every day, sprained an ankle, and fashioned a longbow out of one of his crutches. It was fun to shoot, while it lasted (about 6 or 7 pulls, I think).
Good heavens. I hadn't thought of it, but the only two mathematicians I know are skinny almost to the point of being cachetic.
Nobody has ever accused me of being scrawny or undernourished. Describes my advisor to a T, though.
Maybe you'll end up that way eventually, usjogger. It might take a certain amount of time in the field before it happens :)I think we need a well-designed study to see, at least, whether ON AVERAGE the mathematician is scrawnier than his or her non-mathematical colleagues.
My answer: yes. Every mathematician I know, at least.
Do astrophysicists that teach maths count? Or are they just pretending... Because I know some fairly scrawny ones of those too...
I know at least two counterexamples, both of which I have met roundabouts these parts, Styleygeek. The majority of the ones I've met (and I've met an astonishing number, honestly), however, are scrawny and undernourished.
I know I'm commenting on something from ages ago. Apologies for that.That said: I'm a mathematician. I would be in high demand back in the times where girth was an evolutionary selector connected to personal riches.
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