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## Medical Researcher Rediscovers Integration473

parallel_prankster writes "I find this paper very amusing. From the abstract: 'To develop a mathematical model for the determination of total areas under curves from various metabolic studies.' Hint! If you replace phrases like 'curves from metabolic studies' with just 'curves,' then you'll note that Dr. Tai rediscovered the rectangle method of approximating an integral. (Actually, Dr. Tai rediscovered the trapezoidal rule.). Apparently this is called 'Tai's Model.'"
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## Medical Researcher Rediscovers Integration

• #### Next Paper .... Simpson's Rule (Score:1, Funny)

on Monday December 06, 2010 @03:10AM (#34457406)

Wait 'til the next paper comes out about Simpson's Rule. That'll really rock the medical community!

• #### Re:Next Paper .... Simpson's Rule (Score:2, Funny)

by Anonymous Coward on Monday December 06, 2010 @03:12AM (#34457414)

Simpson did it!

• #### Physicists rediscover medicine: (Score:5, Funny)

on Monday December 06, 2010 @03:15AM (#34457432)

ABSTRACT:

Method for dissipation of influenza symptoms through prolong dietary restriction versus current methods of hypercaloric intake treatment of cold virus carriers.

• #### Re:So how is a 16 year old report news? (Score:2, Funny)

by Anonymous Coward on Monday December 06, 2010 @03:17AM (#34457444)

Well, to be fair to the poster, the blog entry regarding the paper is only under 4 years old (March 2007)

• #### Re:No surprise (Score:4, Funny)

by Anonymous Coward on Monday December 06, 2010 @04:00AM (#34457634)

It's like that joke: what is 2+2?

Engineering student: (punching into a calculator) 4.000000000001

Math student: (after five months) I don't know, but I can prove it converges.

Premed: (immediately, from memory) The Gettysburg Address!

• #### Re:I hate it when that happens (Score:5, Funny)

on Monday December 06, 2010 @04:04AM (#34457654)

I was gonna say the same thing until I read your post :(

• #### Also in chemistry.... (Score:5, Funny)

<mtm&sys,uea,ac,uk> on Monday December 06, 2010 @05:15AM (#34457966)
Q. How does a chemist integrate a curve?

A. They cut out the plot and weigh the piece of paper. Then compare this with the weight of a piece of paper of known area.

• #### Re:Number of citations... (Score:2, Funny)

<.moc.cam. .ta. .rcj.> on Monday December 06, 2010 @05:20AM (#34457996) Journal

Are pre-meds known for mathematical incompetence or something? I've never had to deal with them.

-jcr

• #### Re:So how is a 16 year old report news? (Score:3, Funny)

on Monday December 06, 2010 @05:37AM (#34458060) Journal

Brilliant. So an American high school student watches the bullets fall from his friends clip as he fires on a random teacher, and thinks "I shall call it Gravity, yo."

• #### Or a varation on that (Score:5, Funny)

on Monday December 06, 2010 @05:43AM (#34458078)

Theory: All odd numbers above 1 are prime.

Proofs by discipline:

Philosopher: 3 is prime, 5 is prime, 7 is prime, therefore by induction all odd numbers are prime.
Physicist: 3 is prime, 5 is prime, 7 is prime, 9 is experimental error, 11 is prime...
Computer Scientist: 3 is prime, 3 is prime, 3 is prime, 3 is prime, 3 is prime...
Engineer: 3 is prime, 5 is prime, 7 is prime, 9 is prime, 11 is prime...
Statistician: In the same of odd numbers: 3, 5, 11, 13, and 29 they are all prime so all odd number are prime.
Artist: 1 is prime, 2 is prime, 3 is prime, 4 is prime...

• #### Re:it's everywhere (Score:3, Funny)

by Anonymous Coward on Monday December 06, 2010 @06:46AM (#34458268)

My sister, a librarian, was laughing when relating a story of software engineer explaining to them the concept of meta-data with respect to a library collection. He acted as if this was a concept well beyond their grasp. She finally moved the discussion along by saying "You mean it's like a card catalog, and the records are like the cards in the card catalog?"

• #### Re:Not so simple... (Score:3, Funny)

on Monday December 06, 2010 @09:25AM (#34458922)

First, let me assure you that this is not one of those shady pyramid schemes you've been hearing about. No sir. Our model is the trapezoid!

• #### Re:No no no no, you didn't RTFA (Score:5, Funny)

on Monday December 06, 2010 @10:56AM (#34459722)

My revolutionary method involves drawing the graph on a piece of paper, sticking it on the wall and throwing darts at it with your eyes closed.

I think you just rediscovered the Monte Carlo method.

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