knightwizard
Poppler



« on: 02282001 12:56 »


Now for some real trivia. (As well as a cheap ploy to prove how big a math nerd I really am...)
In the first episode involving Flexo, both Bender's and Flexo's serial numbers are reveiled, as if the fact that they are both expressible as the sum of two cubes. Just for fun, I decided to write a quick computer program to see just *what* those two cubes are. Flexo's serial number, 3370318, break down into 119^3 + 119^3, or 1685159 + 1685159.
Bender's (2716057), however, doesn't seem to break down into anything. Did I get the number wrong, or is Bender "Bending" the truth once again?
I'm just curious...I only wrote the program just to test my skills for school, and I spent God only knows how long trying to figure out where I screwed up on the Bender portion of the program. Oh well, take care people!





iliketowankalot
Professor


What is funny about jokes like that is that nerds like you spend ages trying to figure it out, while everybody else laughs at you cos there is no solution, you should know better than to believe everything Bender says.





knightwizard
Poppler


Well, it made for an interesting puzzle, plus a nice test of my programming skills :)
Having said that, I'll concede to your point, and stop wasting my time on this venture.






knightwizard
Poppler


Thanks a lot! It's great to be here :)
1500 posts? Wow! You are one dedicated fan!







El Zilcho
Professor


Wow. Resurrecting a two year old thread AND answering the original problem. That's gotta be a record.






Chalic
Bending Unit



« Reply #9 on: 04292003 13:54 »
« Last Edit on: 04302003 00:00 »


That is very impressive chumpbender. I once tried to puzzle out what bender's two cubes must be, and couldn't accomplish it. I got the 119 right away of course, but I kept trying to look for a way to solve it algebraically instead of by trail and error. My only question is, who said we have to leave out negatives? Actually, Bender never even said the numbers had to be intergers. If he just meant the sum of two real numbers cubed, then we have an infinite number of answers, because then we have the situation: x^3 + y^3 = 2716057 and we could have x being the cube root of 2,000,000 and y being the cube root of 716,057 or any other combination of such terms. Once again though, very impressive.





SQFreak
Professor


I thought integers included negative numbers. They do in computer science anyway, in most languages. But very nice  ridiculously amazingly well done  job, chumpbender!







LAN.gnome
Urban Legend


Originally posted by Britz: where for does this come in useful in real life? I'd assume this kind of mathematical knowledge comes in handy anywhere that you work with obscenely large or small numbers: Astronomy Meteorology Computer Programming Medicine (look at me, I'm like an infomercial for a correspondence school: Call now to become an: Electrician! TV Repairman! And much much more!) I've always found math to be inadvertently hilarious. "I can't have the square root of negative one! What'll I do? I know! I'll invent imaginary numbers! Yippeehooray!" Then you've got Newton & the like, who got fed up with regular math and went off and invented Calculus, for God's sake. Hysterical.





Grim
Professor


dont talk about imaginary numbers, and all that i stuff yuck! I spent many an hour trying to understand that, took me ages. If that semester's test had been purely on that unit I would have done well on the test...






SQFreak
Professor


i is just like a variable that you can't solve for. Write sqrt(1) if you prefer, then make it an i at the end.






LAN.gnome
Urban Legend


Originally posted by DeltaV: What's really wierd is when the 'imaginary' side of an equation produces real results. That really gave me a headache in quantum physics class. You could have 2 waveforms that interact, and even though the imaginary part of the waveform isn't observable or measurable, the interaction of the two imaginary parts can produce an observable result... Wow. That went way over my head. One thing I do remember that was weird was the whole "particle in two places at once" thing back in basic physics. Was that a quantum thing? I can't even remember. All I remember is that they likened the interference caused by the particle being in two places at once to two water waves interacting and creating new ripple patterns, even though only one particle moved at a time. I can't place what that example was related to, though...








OhSnap
Delivery Boy


Originally posted by iliketowankalot: What is funny about jokes like that is that nerds like you spend ages trying to figure it out, while everybody else laughs at you cos there is no solution, you should know better than to believe everything Bender says. Actually, if I remember correctly, david x cohen specifically states that the relation is true, and that they have two mathematicians on the writing staff that ensure that they get that stuff right. So if memory servers correctly, he specifically singled out that line and said it was true.








chumpbender
Crustacean


And another 2 year resurrection. This time by the person who did it 4 years ago.
The Internet is fun





SonicPanther
Professor


Is bumping this thread ever two years a tradition now? =D






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