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Things We Saw Today: “The Math of Khan” Explains the Math of Star Trek


Over at, Laurie Ulster shared some knowledge from “The Math of Khan,” a presentation at the National Museum of Mathematics that examined some of Star Trek‘s most pressing mathematical questions: How well does Spock understand probability? How many “a”s are there in Khaaaaaan?Are red shirts more likely to die than other crew members?

While the write-up includes slides and summary, you can also check out the presenter James Grimes’ full Star Trek math discussion at The Aperiodical or on YouTube.

  • Nerdist posted a tribute to Evie from 1999’s The Mummy, celebrating her as “a worthy scholar, compassionate lover, and overall badass.”
  • CD Projekt Red, the minds behind the Witcher franchise, have done the least punk thing ever and trademarked the term “cyberpunk” as they prepare to launch their new game, Cyberpunk 2077. (via Gizmodo)
  • The Washington Post recently shared the story of the United States’ first female mayor, who was elected when a bunch of men put her on the ballot as a cruel joke – and then everyone voted for her instead of the men’s candidates. Joke’s on you, bros.
  • Anne Hathaway’s comedic kaiju movie, Colossal, opened big in its limited release with a $30k per location weekend. Have you seen the TMS interview with Hathaway and director Nacho Vigalondo yet? (via Forbes)

(Featured image via NBC Television)

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