# Questions tagged [popular-math]

Question on bits and pieces of mathematics that show up in popular media (TV, movies, comics, etc.)

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### Does this correctly describe how Gödel's First Incompleteness Theorem is proved?

One encounters in books and YouTube videos various ways of describing Gödel's Incompleteness Theorems and their proof. My background is not at all in formal logic, and I want to check if my ...
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### Permutations of 10 players within 2 Badminton courts: Covering $10$-vertex complete graph $K_{10}$ by two disjoint $K_4$

I am facing this everyday problem and I wanted to actually see how to formalise and reason on. We have 10 players and two courts in our badminton matches. We define a shift to be an instance of ...
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### Finding optimal economy path with best value [closed]

This problem is based on Warcraft 3 Legion Tower Defence custom map. First level problem: Let we say that from the beggining of the game we have infinite gold. We have 1 builder from the start. He ...
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### Optimizing Cookie Clicker garden mutation layout

In cookie clicker there is a farming mini game. You can place plants on a grid. To unlock new plants, you have to place 2 plants you already have and on places adjacent to them (3x3 grid) there is a ...
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### explanation of topology examples from movie or other [closed]

I always like topology and geometry. But there are some examples in film and videogames that upset me... 1)Imagine an empty room in which there is a door in the middle, and if I open it I can see a ...
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### A golden ratio series from a comic book

The eighth installment of the Filipino comic series Kikomachine Komix features a peculiar series for the golden ratio in its cover: That is, \phi=\frac{13}{8}+\sum_{n=0}^\infty \frac{(-1)^{n+1}(2n+...
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### Infinity xkcd style: can a turing machine exist?

I recently read this xkcd comic. It's about a guy who simulates a universe by a Turing machine (specifically, Rule 101, a cellular automaton), by laying down infinite rows of rocks, each row ...
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### Latest episode of the big bang theory, vanity card.

I usually don't read these, but this time I did, and this was the card: Does the last mathematical symbols have any meaning? I get that the equal 150.6+V, is there any more meaning behind this?
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### What probability analysis did the allies use during WWII after they cracked the Enigma, or how can this probability be quantified?

In the recent film, The Imitation Game, after cracking the Enigma they mentioned that the allies didn't simply use every cracked message but instead analysed the probability the Germans would find out ...
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### "What if" math joke: the derivative of $\ln(x)^e$

Randall Munroe, the creator of xkcd in his latest book What if writes (p. 175) that the mathematical analog of the phrase "knock me over with a feather" is seeing the expression $\ln( x )^{e}$. And ...
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