Colbert Does Math

The cable news channels have been falling all over themselves for the last few days, desperate to find something new to say about the JonBenet Ramsey fracas. Meanwhile, what do you suppose the lead story was on yesterday’s edition of The Colbert Report? Grigory Perelman’s refusal of the Fields Medal for his proof of the Poincare conjecture. Not only that, but Colbert even got the math right. An impressive performance, and another sad reminder that Comedy Central is just about the only place on television for serious news.

Comments

  1. #1 Ahcuah
    August 23, 2006

    Well, I wouldn’t say that taking a donut and mashing into a little ball and saying he’s converted a torus into a sphere without tearing is getting “the math right.”

    But I know what you’re saying. :-)

  2. #2 Jason Rosenhouse
    August 23, 2006

    I’ll allow him a little creative license on that one. And for saying toroid instead of torus. Still, I thought he was prett impressive.

  3. #3 Steinn Sigurdsson
    August 23, 2006

    I was most impressed by him noting that a rabbit is in fact a torus, not a sphere.
    In fact, when did toroidal body shapes appear in evolution? There is a big structural difference between inclusions to digest food, and a through-and-through alimentary canal…