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* On the DVD version of the Music/PinkFloyd ''Pulse'' live video, at the beginning of "Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2)," a student writes E=mc[--[[superscript:2]]--] on his test and then furiously scribbles over it. Mentioned here because it's a CGI alteration--the student originally wrote the word "ENIGMA."

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* In ''Literature/MrMen'' Annual No. 3, a worm in Cleverland has E=mc[--[[superscript:2]]--] in the corner of a book (the rest of the text being shown as wiggly lines).


* The "E=MC Hammer" example was also used in the video to the [[Music/Texas]] song "Sleep", appearing on a chalkboard during a scene where Texas frontwoman Sharleen Spiteri and [[Comedy/Peter Kay]] parody the video to Lionel Richie's "Hello"

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* The "E=MC Hammer" example was also used in the video to the [[Music/Texas]] song "Sleep", Texas song [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=si-vj6NdxVg/"Sleep"]], appearing on a chalkboard during a scene where Texas frontwoman Sharleen Spiteri and [[Comedy/Peter [[Creator/Peter Kay]] parody the video to Lionel Richie's "Hello"

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* The "E=MC Hammer" example was also used in the video to the [[Music/Texas]] song "Sleep", appearing on a chalkboard during a scene where Texas frontwoman Sharleen Spiteri and [[Comedy/Peter Kay]] parody the video to Lionel Richie's "Hello"


* The trope's name comes from a pastiche of E=mc[--[[superscript:2]]--] that appeared in a scene of ''Series/{{Farscape}}: The Peacekeeper Wars'' where Harvey (who was named after NotSoImaginaryFriend of the movie Harvey) writes "E = MC Hammer" on a [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=srHJBueSx40 blackboard of other nonsense]]. Especially funny in that Crichton, as a physicist and an astronaut, would know exactly what E=mc[--[[superscript:2]]--] actually means, and Harvey is likely just dicking around.

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* The trope's name comes from a pastiche of E=mc[--[[superscript:2]]--] that appeared in a scene of ''Series/{{Farscape}}: The Peacekeeper Wars'' where Harvey (who was named after NotSoImaginaryFriend of the movie Harvey) ''Film/{{Harvey}}'') writes "E = MC Hammer" on a [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=srHJBueSx40 blackboard of other nonsense]]. Especially funny in that Crichton, as a physicist and an astronaut, would know exactly what E=mc[--[[superscript:2]]--] actually means, and Harvey is likely just dicking around.



** One of the most awesome(ly geeky) parts of the entire series is a half hour extra on the first movie's dvd, where the writing crew bring in a mathematician to explain some of the math jokes in the series to the viewer.
** Ken Keeler, one of the writers, is a gifted mathematician, and, in "The Prisoner of Benda", the FreakyFridayFlip episode, he successfully created and proved a new mathematical formula that proves how no matter how many body swaps happened in a group, everyone can be brought back to their proper bodies using only two new people, without having to repeat any particular body swaps (which, in the context of the episode, is something that can't be done). [https://theinfosphere.org/Futurama_theorem Read more about it here.]
** In the new episode where Bender replicates into grey goo, the professor puts up an equation for the total mass of the Benders as the successive generations replicate, and all the employees (except Fry, of course) understand it and gasp because it doesn't converge. Being Futurama, this equation actually IS a mathematical representation of the infinite series at hand, which grows indefinitely rather than converges.

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** One of the most awesome(ly geeky) parts of the entire series is a half hour extra on the first movie's dvd, DVD, where the writing crew bring in a mathematician to explain some of the math jokes in the series to the viewer.
** Ken Keeler, one of the writers, is a gifted mathematician, and, in "The Prisoner of Benda", the FreakyFridayFlip episode, he successfully created and proved a new mathematical formula that proves how no matter how many body swaps happened in a group, everyone can be brought back to their proper bodies using only two new people, without having to repeat any particular body swaps (which, in the context of the episode, is something that can't be done). [https://theinfosphere.[[https://theinfosphere.org/Futurama_theorem Read more about it here.]
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** In the new episode where "Benderama", Bender replicates himself into grey goo, the professor Professor puts up an equation for the total mass of the Benders as the successive generations replicate, and all the employees (except Fry, of course) understand it and gasp because it doesn't converge. Being Futurama, this equation actually IS a mathematical representation of the infinite series at hand, which grows indefinitely rather than converges.


* In ''Discworld/MenAtArms'', Sergeant Detritus gets LockedInAFreezer and [[AllTrollsAreDifferent his intelligence is boosted to the limit]] by being frozen nearly to death. His rescuers discover that he has written in the frost an enormous, complicated formula ending in an ominous equal sign, [[TheseAreThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow and nothing on the other side]].

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* In ''Discworld/MenAtArms'', ''Literature/MenAtArms'', Sergeant Detritus gets LockedInAFreezer and [[AllTrollsAreDifferent his intelligence is boosted to the limit]] by being frozen nearly to death. His rescuers discover that he has written in the frost an enormous, complicated formula ending in an ominous equal sign, [[TheseAreThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow and nothing on the other side]].


** Then there's the strip showing Peter holding several sheets of paper covered in equations, and a diagram of a catapult. The purpose? Allow Jason and [[BlackBestFriend Marcus]] to fly into Paige's room with squirt guns.

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** Then there's the strip showing Peter holding several sheets of paper covered in equations, and a diagram of a catapult. The purpose? Allow Jason and [[BlackBestFriend Marcus]] Marcus to fly into Paige's room with squirt guns.


->''"One through nine, no maybes, no supposes, no fractions. You can't travel in space, you can't go out into space, you know, without, like, you know, uh, with fractions--what are you going to land on? one-quarter, three-eighths? What are you going to do when you go from here to Venus or something? That's dialectic physics."''

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->''"One through nine, no maybes, no supposes, no fractions. You can't travel in space, you can't go out into space, you know, without, like, you know, uh, with fractions--what are you going to land on? one-quarter, One-quarter, three-eighths? What are you going to do when you go from here to Venus or something? That's dialectic physics."''


** Ken Keeler, one of the writers, is a gifted mathematician, and, in "The Prisoner of Benda", the FreakyFridayFlip episode, he successfully created and proved a new mathematical formula that proves how body swaps can switch back. [https://theinfosphere.org/Futurama_theorem Read more about it here.]

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** Ken Keeler, one of the writers, is a gifted mathematician, and, in "The Prisoner of Benda", the FreakyFridayFlip episode, he successfully created and proved a new mathematical formula that proves how no matter how many body swaps happened in a group, everyone can switch back.be brought back to their proper bodies using only two new people, without having to repeat any particular body swaps (which, in the context of the episode, is something that can't be done). [https://theinfosphere.org/Futurama_theorem Read more about it here.]


* In ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' Penny rattles of the meanings of all the terms in 'E=mc[--[[superscript:]2]--]'; when her friends express astonishment at her actually knowing that, she explains that it's something Leonard repeats when he's trying to last longer in bed.

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* In ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' Penny rattles of the meanings of all the terms in 'E=mc[--[[superscript:]2]--]'; 'E=mc[--[[superscript:2]]--]'; when her friends express astonishment at her actually knowing that, she explains that it's something Leonard repeats when he's trying to last longer in bed.


* In ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' Penny rattles of the meanings of all the terms in 'E=MC2'; when her friends express astonishment at her actually knowing that, she explains that it's something Leonard repeats when he's trying to last longer in bed.

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* In ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' Penny rattles of the meanings of all the terms in 'E=MC2'; 'E=mc[--[[superscript:]2]--]'; when her friends express astonishment at her actually knowing that, she explains that it's something Leonard repeats when he's trying to last longer in bed.

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* In ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' Penny rattles of the meanings of all the terms in 'E=MC2'; when her friends express astonishment at her actually knowing that, she explains that it's something Leonard repeats when he's trying to last longer in bed.

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* ''WesternAnimation/SpidermanTheAnimatedSeries'' The formula for the Super Soldier serum is shown as a math formula rather than a chemical one.


Let's not forget about E=mc[--[[superscript:2]]--], the famous equation which has been degraded into nothing but a complex-looking decoration in everything from kids' cartoons to science shows. (E=mc[--[[superscript:2]]--] is actually UsefulNotes/AlbertEinstein's formula for [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mass-energy_equivalence mass-energy equivalence]]; far more people have heard of it than [[YouKeepUsingThatWord have any idea of what it actually means]]). Especially comical if it's pronounced [[FunetikAksent "eeyemseetwo"]] by people who don't realize the two represents an exponent.

Also related to relativity,[[note]]but this time general relativity instead of special relativity,[[/note]] the Einstein field equations (R[[subscript:ab]] - (1/2)g[[subscript:ab]]R = (8πG/c[--[[superscript:4]]--])T[[subscript:ab]]) are rising in prominence as a decorative formula, as E=mc[--[[superscript:2]]--] has started to become a cliché. Loosely, the terms of the left describe the curvature of space-time (which is perceived as gravity) while the terms on the right refer to the distribution of matter. [[note]] Solving these equations even for the simplest cases is far beyond almost ''anybody'''s abilities (solving them for our own spacetime has not yet been achieved in the entire century they've been known for, and isn't likely to happen any time soon). It requires graduate education in mathematics just to understand them; writing them out in any lower educational institution would be wholly pointless.[[/note]]

And then there's the big sigma (∑), the summation symbol. Nothing says smart like a big ol' sigma. There's also big pi (Π) notation (the symbol for a multiplicative version of the big sigma).

Trigonometric relations and the Pythagorean theorem are also popular. But don't ask to see words like "sine", "cosine", and "tangent".

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Let's not forget about Then there's E=mc[--[[superscript:2]]--], the famous equation which has been degraded into nothing but a complex-looking decoration in everything from kids' cartoons to science shows. (E=mc[--[[superscript:2]]--] is actually UsefulNotes/AlbertEinstein's formula for [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mass-energy_equivalence mass-energy equivalence]]; far more people have heard of it than [[YouKeepUsingThatWord have any idea of what it actually means]]). Especially comical if it's pronounced [[FunetikAksent "eeyemseetwo"]] by people who don't realize the two represents an exponent.

Also related to relativity,[[note]]but this time general relativity instead of special relativity,[[/note]] the Einstein field equations (R[[subscript:ab]] - (1/2)g[[subscript:ab]]R = (8πG/c[--[[superscript:4]]--])T[[subscript:ab]]) are rising in prominence as a decorative formula, as E=mc[--[[superscript:2]]--] has started to become a cliché. Loosely, the terms of the left describe the curvature of space-time (which is perceived as gravity) while whereas the terms on the right refer to the distribution of matter. matter.[[note]] Solving these equations even for the simplest cases is far beyond almost ''anybody'''s abilities (solving abilities; solving them for our own spacetime has not yet been achieved in the entire century they've been known for, and isn't likely to happen any time soon). soon. It requires graduate graduate-level education in mathematics just to understand them; writing them out in any lower educational institution would be wholly pointless.[[/note]]

And then Then there's the big sigma (∑), the summation symbol. Nothing says smart like a big ol' sigma. There's also big pi (Π) notation (the symbol for a multiplicative version of the big sigma).

Trigonometric relations and the Pythagorean theorem are also popular. But popular, but don't ask to see words like "sine", "cosine", and "tangent".



And math isn't the only subject that gets this treatment. Blackboards full of chemical formulae, sentence diagrams or plot[=/=]theme[=/=]character diagrams that stretch all over the whiteboard, or genealogies and timelines that look like a tangle of yarn are less common, but serve the same purpose.

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And math Math isn't the only subject that gets this treatment. Blackboards full of chemical formulae, sentence diagrams or plot[=/=]theme[=/=]character diagrams that stretch all over the whiteboard, or genealogies and timelines that look like a tangle of yarn are less common, but serve the same purpose.



Compare/contrast to FormulaForTheUnformulable, when characters try to calculate in incalculable and use visually similar equations.

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Compare/contrast to FormulaForTheUnformulable, when characters try to calculate in the incalculable and use visually similar equations.


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* One of the trolls of ''{{Webcomic/Homestuck}}'' infamy takes his stubborn insistence on magic not being real and how everything can be explained by "science", to the point that it's hard to tell what he even means by "science" anymore, eventually becomes a science-powered wizard of hope and light, gets into a magical duel with his science wand, and as his opponent battles with magical lights flying by in the background, his end of the duel has little "E=MC2"s in a similar role. (It's worth noting that the author, Creator/AndrewHussie, actually does have [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?faqs=science an extensive knowledge of real-world physics]] and he uses it in his stories when he feels like it. If Eridan is a straw man for anything, it's not the use of the scientific method or anything.)

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* One of the trolls of ''{{Webcomic/Homestuck}}'' infamy takes his stubborn insistence on magic not being real and how everything can be explained by "science", to the point that it's hard to tell what he even means by "science" anymore, eventually becomes a science-powered wizard of hope and light, gets into a magical duel with his science wand, and as his opponent battles with magical lights flying by in the background, his end of the duel has little "E=MC2"s "[=E=MC2=]"s in a similar role. (It's worth noting that the author, Creator/AndrewHussie, actually does have [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?faqs=science an extensive knowledge of real-world physics]] and he uses it in his stories when he feels like it. If Eridan is a straw man for anything, it's not the use of the scientific method or anything.)



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