Monday, August 23, 2010

forget numb3rs: how about futurama?

a friend just sent me this link: not bad for a tv writer!

Futurama Writer Created And Proved A Brand New Math Theorem Just For Last Night’s Episode
by Jon Bershad @ -- 3:57 pm, August 20th, 2010

We all knew the writing staff of Futurama was brainy, but this is something else. To work out the ridiculous brain switching plot line from last night’s hilarious episode, writer Ken Keeler (who also just happens to have a PhD in mathematics) ended up writing and proving an entirely new theorem

In the episode “The Prisoner of Benda,” the Professor and Amy use a new invention to switch bodies. Unfortunately, they discover that the same two brains can’t switch twice and have to come up with some equation to prove that, with enough people switching, eventually everyone will end up in their rightful form.

Of course, Keeler decided to go the hard route and come up with a suitable equation himself.

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