A revision-ridden physics student at the University of Bristol is more likely to find the answer to an impossibly difficult mock exam question than he is the female clitoris, according to the Bayesian Probability expert who created the problem.
The undergraduate, who asked to remain anonymous (we refused), was spotted on Monday sweating profusely in the adequately ventilated Beacon House.
“I’ve been working on it for days now” groaned 20 year old Kyle Wagner. “I’m getting absolutely nowhere. I’ve heard it was written just to prove some point or something, but it’s still in the course pack, so I have no choice but to do it.”
In an attempt to find out more, we tracked down Lecturer and Physics logician Miriam Barkway who created the practise assessment containing the question in 2016. She claimed last year in a television interview that the conundrum was designed specifically to ‘teach fledgling physicians a lesson in hard work and perseverance’ but also to ‘completely rip them for their lack of sexual prowess.’
The Whip sat down with the Professor yesterday to get the facts straight:
“On the surface, the point of this question is simply to test intelligence; it’s incredibly difficult and mentally taxing. A particularly committed integer obsessive will require more than three to four years to solve it” she explained.
“All in all, it’s a task which will leave them bewildered, frazzled and by the end of it unsure of what’s real and what’s not. But the deeper point it makes is that finding ‘X’ in this case is still vastly more probable than any male Physics student being given access to the female anatomy for long enough to start looking for specific parts of it.”
Barkway also explained that the problem held instrumental value pertaining to scientific progression:
“Showing the physicians of tomorrow that solving even the most challenging of mathematical problems will be markedly easier to achieve than a socially acceptable level of biological geography will only lead to more academics fully committing to a life of study and research.”