Higher Math Reference
Any reference to mathematics beyond the standard math problems and equations.

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Part of the effort to split Genius Bonus, which is also why the picture is being used.

Twilight Sparkle does time dilation

Any Shout-Out to mathematics beyond the standard problems and equations.

After all, mathematics has shaped much of our history, where much of our inventions and architecture would not be possible without a proper understanding of math. Much of the most complex math even dates back to some of the oldest civilizations, from Greece to China, to Assyria. So of course many of these would be given references in media.

The ways they are incorporated into stories can vary. They can be simple equations written on a chalkboard in the background, to using higher math to help justify why Magic A Is Magic or Applied Phlebotinum applies properly in a work.

Compare Shown Their Work.

Contrast E = MC Hammer, Writers Cannot Do Math.


  • The opening of The Melancholy Of Haruhi Suzumiya depicts several mathematical equations, including proofs of physical laws and theories.
  • In the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic episode "It's About Time", Twilight Sparkle is seen working at a chalkboard full of equations while trying to figure out the supposed disaster that's due to happen by Tuesday morning. The equations in question describe the effects of time dilation.
  • In the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "The Royale" used Fermat's Last Theorem as having still been unsolved (but ironically was a few years after that episode) to parallel how the episode's mysteries might never be.

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