tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3722233.post7271587101524969384..comments2024-07-08T08:20:09.315-05:00Comments on Computational Complexity: Can Jerry Seinfeld crack P vs NP ?Lance Fortnowhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/06752030912874378610noreply@blogger.comBlogger11125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3722233.post-33048726593112937302010-08-24T20:27:16.927-05:002010-08-24T20:27:16.927-05:00I've got a PhD in math and I do improv comedy ...I've got a PhD in math and I do improv comedy (and I've dabbled in sketch). So add me to your short list.<br /><br />I actually just had a brief blog post on math and comedy at <a href="http://mathforlove.tumblr.com/" rel="nofollow">Math for Love</a>.Danhttp://mathforlove.comnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3722233.post-62627167920336347052007-07-19T06:48:00.000-05:002007-07-19T06:48:00.000-05:00The idea that humor and scientific creativity are ...The idea that humor and scientific creativity are related was raised by Arthur Koestler in his 1964 book "The Act of Creation". But more important - when I finish my phd., how do I become a Simpson's writer?Anonymousnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3722233.post-90469360224311908242007-07-19T01:17:00.000-05:002007-07-19T01:17:00.000-05:00I've met (and drank) with a few of the Simpson's w...I've met (and drank) with a few of the Simpson's writers. One looks and acts like Crusty the Clown. I can't remember his name, but the margaritas were good. The Mercedes SLR was nice too. Something to think about if you don't get tenure....Anonymousnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3722233.post-33890432333065691152007-07-18T14:34:00.000-05:002007-07-18T14:34:00.000-05:00On the physics side of things, Albert Einstein and...On the physics side of things, Albert Einstein and Richard Feynman have always been known for their sense of humor, especially through some notable quotes attributed to them, although they were never formally comedians.<BR/><BR/>Also for the gamers out there, it's actually interesting to note that among the two original creators of the internet show pure pwnage, one was a former physics phd student and the other was an undergraduate studying math, cs, and physics.Anonymousnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3722233.post-15200004861620724012007-07-17T22:38:00.000-05:002007-07-17T22:38:00.000-05:00And let's not forget the greatest comic talent of ...And let's not forget the greatest comic talent of all, and he does in fact perform professionally...<BR/><BR/>Scott Aaronson.Anonymousnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3722233.post-32240274852641289582007-07-17T21:53:00.000-05:002007-07-17T21:53:00.000-05:00John Rogers is a stand-up comedian, TV/film screen...<A HREF="http://kfmonkey.blogspot.com/" REL="nofollow">John Rogers</A> is a stand-up comedian, TV/film screenwriter and physics graduate.Pseudonymhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/04272326070593532463noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3722233.post-52738533129978683272007-07-17T18:14:00.000-05:002007-07-17T18:14:00.000-05:00Tom Lehrer should qualify as a mathematician-humor...Tom Lehrer should qualify as a mathematician-humorist.Anonymousnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3722233.post-55958346169856652712007-07-17T17:58:00.000-05:002007-07-17T17:58:00.000-05:00David X. Cohen, co-creator of Futurama, was gettin...David X. Cohen, co-creator of Futurama, was getting his Ph.D. in theoretical CS at Berkeley, but left around his their year with a Masters to go write for the Simpsons. There's a Harvard Lampoon connection that has led a number of "math geeks" to the Simpsons and other comedy shows (animated and otherwise).Michael Mitzenmacherhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/06738274256402616703noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3722233.post-85113371757975388842007-07-17T16:59:00.000-05:002007-07-17T16:59:00.000-05:00Here's a list of the mathematical background of ju...Here's a list of the mathematical background of just writers of The Simpsons. Lots of math geeks there!<BR/><BR/>http://www.mathsci.appstate.edu/~sjg/simpsonsmath/degrees.htmlChrishttps://www.blogger.com/profile/03327470068256472110noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3722233.post-69204147042628012592007-07-17T16:57:00.000-05:002007-07-17T16:57:00.000-05:00Noam Slonim is a computational biologist/machine l...Noam Slonim is a computational biologist/machine learnist who wrote stuff for israeli sitcoms, <BR/>incl. the great 'hahamishia hakamerit'Anonymousnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3722233.post-75902224050432534432007-07-17T16:45:00.000-05:002007-07-17T16:45:00.000-05:00One immediately thinks of Lewis Carroll, both as a...One immediately thinks of Lewis Carroll, both as an example to a mathematician+humorist, and as a living example of what Seinfeld suggests as a "technique" of doing humor.<BR/><BR/>The surrealists were good at this kind of thing.Anonymousnoreply@blogger.com