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by JavieR / July 13, 2008 / 13:26
Dr. Ken Keeler - Futurama Writer There's a math interview with Dr. Ken Keeler (writer of Futurama) with Professor Sarah Greenwald (she is in one of the BBS extras ;P) at the website (that I didn't notice earlier). Some interesting stuff:

[..] (he) graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor's degree in applied mathematics from Harvard University in 1983. He received his master's degree in electrical engineering from Stanford, and in 1990, he received his Ph.D. in applied math from Harvard University.

Influences to study applied mathematics: His father, Mr. Spock and Most of his high school friends.

(About interesting numbers) [..] We needed a number (1729) for plot reasons, and David Cohen asked if I could think of an interesting one, and the Hardy-Ramanujan sum-of-two-cubes story leapt to mind [..] Afterwards David sort of went to town with the idea whenever we needed a serial number.

[..] Bender's Big Score Taxicab 87539319 is an actual cab (as well as the smallest number that can be written as the sum of two cubes in three different ways), while Al Gore' Hybraxi taxi is numbered 543895, which is mathematically related to Gore in a different way.

[..] we needed a name for a movie theater and I came up with the 0-plex. [..] we spent awhile composing a speech where Bender used a diagonalization argument to prove that even with a countably infinite number of screens, the ℵ0-plex still wouldn't be big enough to show every Rocky movie ever made [..] But we just couldn't make it short enough to keep in the script.

Those are just small but interesting pieces of the entire article, lot's of more stuff and information can be found in the original interview.
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