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Systems We Love
Do you become unusually fascinated by the inner workings of systems? Do you become uncontrollably intrigued when systems fail? If so, you might suffer from a love of systems, an affliction whose symptoms can include arcane bedside reading, hard-to-explain demos and befuddled family members. If you are a systems lover -- or think you might be one -- then be sure to follow us for updates on the next Systems We Love event.
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june 2019 by kme
The Simpsons' secret formula: it's written by maths geeks | Television & radio | The Guardian
This prank was planted into the episode by David S Cohen, who later changed his name to David X Cohen, in part to reflect his love of algebra. Cohen joined the writing team of The Simpsons soon after completing a masters degree in computer science at the University of California, Berkeley. While working on "The Wizard of Evergreen Terrace", Cohen took a break in order to write a computer program that would scan through values of x, y, z, and n until it found a pseudo-solution to Fermat's equation.

As soon as the episode aired, Cohen patrolled the online message boards to see if anybody had noticed his fake equation. He eventually spotted a posting that read: "I know this would seem to disprove Fermat's last theorem, but I typed it in my calculator and it worked. What in the world is going on here?"
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february 2015 by kme

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