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[Computational Complexity] NEW math on Futurama

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  • GASARCH
    The Aug 19 episode of Futurama had NEW math in it! It also has some other math refs. - This website claims that Ken Keeler, one of the writers who has a PhD in
    Message 1 of 2 , Aug 24, 2010
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      The Aug 19 episode of Futurama had NEW math in it! It also has some other math refs.
      1. This website claims that Ken Keeler, one of the writers who has a PhD in math, devised a NEW theorem for use in the show. The theorem and proof are here. I do not know if it is new but it is correct and interesting.
      2. Bender the robot had mind switched with Amy, so he was in a human body. In order to prove that he was really a robot he had to pass the reverse Turing Test.
      3. Since PURE MATH lead to a solution of a PRACTICAL PROBLEM The professor exclaimed And they say pure math has no real applications!
      This is the first time I know of where some new correct math was introduced on a fictional TV show. NUMB3RS often had new bogus math.

      Both The Simpsons and Futurama have websites devoted to math refs in the show: Simpsons Math, Futurama Math.

      It is not surprising that The Simpsons and Futurama have math refs since writers Jeff Westbrook, David X. Cohen, and Ken Keeler who write for these shows, are all math folk.

      See these two prior posts for more on comedy and math.

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      Posted By GASARCH to Computational Complexity at 8/24/2010 08:40:00 AM
    • GASARCH
      The Aug 19, 2010 episode of Futurama had NEW math in it! It also has some other math refs. - This website claims that Ken Keeler, one of the writers who has a
      Message 2 of 2 , Aug 24, 2010
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        The Aug 19, 2010 episode of Futurama had NEW math in it! It also has some other math refs.
        1. This website claims that Ken Keeler, one of the writers who has a PhD in math, devised a NEW theorem for use in the show. The theorem and proof are here. I do not know if it is new but it is correct and interesting.
        2. Bender the robot had mind switched with Amy, so he was in a human body. In order to prove that he was really a robot he had to pass the reverse Turing Test.
        3. Since PURE MATH lead to a solution of a PRACTICAL PROBLEM The professor exclaimed And they say pure math has no real applications!
        This is the first time I know of where some new correct math was introduced on a fictional TV show. NUMB3RS often had new bogus math.

        Both The Simpsons and Futurama have websites devoted to math refs in the show: Simpsons Math, Futurama Math.

        It is not surprising that The Simpsons and Futurama have math refs since writers Jeff Westbrook, David X. Cohen, and Ken Keeler who write for these shows, are all math folk.

        See these two prior posts for more on comedy and math.

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        Posted By GASARCH to Computational Complexity at 8/24/2010 08:44:00 AM
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