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Futurama Proves New Math Theorem to Solve a Plot Crisis

In last night’s Futurama episode, The Prisoner of Benda, they wound up in a usual crisis that required science to solve the problem—and in this case, it was real… sorta.

“In an APS News exclusive, Cohen reveals for the first time that in the 10th episode of the upcoming season, tentatively entitled “The Prisoner of Benda,” a theorem based on group theory was specifically written (and proven!) by staffer/PhD mathematician Ken Keeler to explain a plot twist. Cohen can’t help but chuckle at the irony: his television-writing rule is that entertainment trumps science, but in this special case, a mathematical theorem was penned for the sake of entertainment.”


Futurama Writer Created And Proved A Brand New Math Theorem Just For Last Night’s Episode [Geekosystem]

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  • Published 08/20/10

Comments (1)

  1. scortif

    I just want to comment that the theorem is extremely easy to prove. I hadn’t heard it before, though, and the episode is hilarious.

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