Mystery solved!

Quite a while ago, Scott posted about spotting some out of place mathematics in an ad for (very) high-end watches. There was a certain amount of speculation in comments about who was involved, but the real culprit outed himself on the alg-top list. While a lot of guesses were based on some references in the ad copy to a “Cambridge University professor,” I suppose we should have remembered that non-academics are completely incapable of distinguishing between different academic ranks. According to his CV, the mathematician in question, Carl McTague, was actually a Cambridge grad student at the time.

In his email, he says he’ll tell the story if bought a drink (at least by subscribers of the mailing list), but perhaps he’ll be willing to write something for those of us who don’t go to Bonn all that often.

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  1. Another fun “math formulas in the background of media” incident was the Law&Order:SVU episode where there was a murder at a school for super gifted kids. Each kid got interviewed in a classroom appropriate to their subject, and one of the kids was in a math classroom. Even a brief glance at the background suggested that this was likely to be someone at Columbia, but this was before I’d moved here so I didn’t know who the culprit was until I got here and asked around.

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