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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

"Everything Small is Just a Small Version of Everything Big"

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The cartoon "Adventure Time" is a semi popular cartoon that runs on Cartoon Network. The show's sometimes more adult humor and themes makes for a plethora of rich comedy that my friends and I can actually appreciate. (sorry ) For whatever reason, the show has always had a slant on promoting mathematics, science, and morality. More so than other kid's cartoons I've seen. I mean its not done in a Sesame Street kind of way, but math and science are definitely used through out the show.

Anyway this one scene in which the show's protagonist, Finn, tries on a pair of magic glasses that lets him see the deep mysteries of the universe. His first epiphany is a visually splendid scene, the camera zooms in on his forehead, peering into his cells, and tiny microbes, then further down into atoms, and quarks, and eventually what look like little strings (string theory perhaps?) and finally into a galaxy and back to whatever planet that they live on. This struck me as wildly odd first of all, and very loopy in nature. Finn's following words "Everything small is just a small version of everything big" is what made it all seem a bit deeper.

Also on an unrelated note..Can you divide or subtract infinity by itself.. While infinity isn't a number, in theory, what would you get? Or even if you subtract 1 from infinity, is it still infinite?

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47 comments:

  1. This is very trippy..

    I need to start smoking herb again =P

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  2. My mind is in a loop of trying to figure these things out... Ahhh.

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  3. http://www.thescienceforum.com/What-happens-if-you-divide-multiply-add-or-subtract-infinity-23750t.php

    I think this may have your answer.

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  4. Never seen the cartoon, but the infinity problem is usually sorted through using limits.

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  5. Awesome...definitely gotta check it out. never heard of it before.

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  6. Wow...I've never thought of that before.

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  7. Great stuff. hope there'll be more soon. :3

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  8. I freakin love adventure time! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OzxxIhC9Skk&feature=player_embedded

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  9. 1. get high
    2. get on blogger
    3. see this
    OMG

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  10. lol awesome video, i always thought that the cartoon was not really for children.they say things kids would not understand

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  11. i dont think you can subtract from infinity, but then again im not a math wiz

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  12. Yeah, infinity/infinity=infinity (if you say, A is your infinity, then A/A=A, an that, i think, has more sense), also, if you subtract 1 from infinity, is still infinity.

    Say thanks to Georg Cantor, he went nuts when he worked on this (literally)

    Also, I searched for the video, and I couldn't find it (to save it to favourites), I like it a lot :D

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  13. interesting video..kind of trippy xD

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  14. I don't know why, but this should be an Phineas and Ferb episode (":

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  15. wow im using this as my facebook status lol

    and yes.. amazing video!

    following :)

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  16. lol, awesome vid! i'm gonna look for that on CN. :)

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  17. you know, i have thought about this before, hurts my head, so i stopped thinking about it, else, pretty cool stuff!

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  18. haha this reminds me of Bill nye for some reason

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  19. Adventure time! I love that cartoon. I'm glad you posted about it, because I had forgotten about it. :D

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  20. That is nuts. I'll have to find when it's on, since i"m usually up nights.

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  21. My dad watched a couple episodes of this show and told me to check it out. Haven't done it yet but definitely will now.

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  22. Mind blowing scene. I love that show

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  23. x - x = 0 ?
    I don't know :( lol

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  24. agree with moby. it's been two and a half years since i smoked and i really thought i had got all the thc out of my brain, until just now

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  25. As many would say in theory : as above, so below!

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  26. i would love to see a post about number theory!

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  27. I love Adventure Time and that was a great episode.

    I'm pretty sure the creators have done psychedelics, that episode also references DMT being "released from their pineal glands!" as finn exclaims. DMT is not something that most people who haven't been around psys would know.

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