Posts Tagged ‘TV’

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VAMPIRES: a math horror story

March 6, 2019

You will find TWILIGHT TV series Math here.

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Pi on TV

March 8, 2017

1.  The Simpsons

When Marge is accused of stealing from Apu’s Quickie Mart his memory is tested. He says his memory is very good. He can recite pi to 40,000 places!!! Also on Numberphile: A Mile of Pi.

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2.  The Late Show with David Letterman

Maths savant Daniel Tammet explains that he can recite Pi to 22,000 places. But wait until you hear how long it takes. Amaaaazing!!!!!

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3.  Star Trek

Spock sorts out a computer with the command to calculate Pi. Cool!!!!

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4.  Mathletics

Look for the second maths blooper in this clip. The folks at Mathletics get Pi wrong!!!!! Great spotting Mathologer.

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5.  MTV Kate Bush

Some may prefer to listen to Apu reciting Pi to 40,000 decimal places. Nevertheless, here is Kate Bush singing about Pi.

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5. Make Lotsa D’Oh!

September 24, 2013

Producers, writers and presenters of TV science and health docos need maths. But did you know mathematicians are also involved in drama and comedy shows from Numb3rs to The Big Bang Theory to The Simpsons.

Mathspig wrote for an Australian comedy Show in the 80s called The Comedy Company.

What’s the connection between Maths and TV Comedy you ask? The Crazy Bit.

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The Big Bang Theory Maths

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 The Big Bang Theory is a comedy based on the lives of house-mate physicists Sheldon and Leonard. But the science has to be right for the humour to work as not only do maths nerds star in the show, maths nerds watch it too.

According to Wired magazine, David Satlzberg a physics professor who teaches at UCLA is ‘working on his fifth season as the science consultant for The Big Bang Theory’

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He makes sure the science on the show is right.

Here’s what a fact checker does:

For example, the script I’m reading right now I changed one letter. They had mentioned an ‘anti-photon’ but that doesn’t make any sense because there is no such thing. So I suggested changing it to ‘anti-proton.’

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The Simpsons Maths

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 Simon Singh recently explained in The Guardian that an amazing number of Maths Geeks are writers for The Simpsons. 

eg. ‘Al Jean, who worked on the first series and is now executive producer, went to Harvard University to study mathematics at the age of just 16.’

The maths geeks entertain themselves by dropping hidden maths references into the TV series.

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eg. The screen displays three multiple choice options; 8,128, 8,208 and 8,191. These digits might seem arbitrary and innocuous, but in fact they represent a perfect number, a narcissistic number and a Mersenne prime.

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Fortunately, Simon goes on to explain these and many more Maths references in The Simpsons in his book: The Simpsons and their Mathematical Secrets.

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