Quote of the Day
A new idea comes suddenly and in a rather intuitive way. But intuition is nothing but the outcome of earlier intellectual experience.
— Albert Einstein
I am a big fan of Futurama – its going off the air was as disappointing for me as discovering Firefly a few years ago and having only 14 episodes to watch. I love the fact Futurama often includes small bits of real math and science in its scripts. My all time favorite piece of math includes a blackboard showing an actual proof using group theory by Sweet Clyde in the episode "The Prisoner of Brenda."
Today, I was watching the episode "Where the Buggalo Roam," which mentioned that the area of the Wong ranch encompassed the western hemisphere of Mars.
Here is the exact quote:
Farnsworth: This is quite a large ranch you have. Mr. Wong: 17.9 billion acres. We own entire western hemisphere. [whispering] That the best hemisphere! Farnsworth: It's the same on Earth.
I did the following calculation that confirmed that Futurama got the Mars hemispherical area calculation correct – these folks take their science and math seriously.