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.

Here's the link to the mind-swapping proof for "The Prisoner of Brenda":

https://theinfosphere.org/Futurama_theorem

Great link!

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