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How Twilight Sparkle Lost Her Math License

A simple ponification of xkcd comic 410: Math Paper
The "r-arity" pun has been on my mind for years, and finally it can see the light of the day.

The first one to guess who the two ponies are gets a special mention here in the description!

The green pony: either Minkowsky or Einstein.
Her cutie mark is a light cone.

The pink pony: Ada Lovelace, guessed by AcerP and MiloCavendish
Note the similarity of hairstyle.
Ada worked on the Analytical Engine, though here I drew a Difference Engine, because it's more recognizable, the Analytical Engine being never fully built.
Her cutie mark is three dominoes, both representing the punched cards used by the Engines (and early electronic computers) and Ada's love of gambling.
"The gambling led to her forming a syndicate with male friends, and an ambitious attempt in 1851 to create a mathematical model for successful large bets. This went disastrously wrong, leaving her thousands of pounds in debt to the syndicate, forcing her to admit it all to her husband."
Woolley, Benjamin, The Bride of Science: Romance, Reason, and Byron's Daughter, February 1999, page 340-342


A dub by Gina M…
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Ginam9816's avatar
Hello! I just did a dub of this comic if you're interested at checking it out. ;)
KopaLeo's avatar
Thank you for doing this. The Harshwhinny voice is perfect.
Okay, if you have a choice between revoking math licenses for pun abuse versus zoning out and daydreaming about Analytical Engines, it's pretty clear which one's the right option.

I expect you to demonstrate better priorities next time, Ms. Harshwhinny.
KopaLeo's avatar
I think it's pretty clear that Ms Harshwhinny's good at enforcing existing regulations, not innovation.
SFaccountant's avatar
This is what you get for using math for evil, Twilight.
Now go sit in the corner and think about what you've done.
JetPowerFIE's avatar
Is that a...yep.  Says it in the description.  Nice.

I also didn't know that about Lovelace.  lol cool.
megabob12's avatar
Now I wanna see how she simultaneously lost her genetics, rocketry, and stripping licenses!
KopaLeo's avatar
It involved Applebloom, rock candy, and tree sap.
Animatorsnake's avatar
So she lost her math license because she almost said a pun... *facepalm*
KopaLeo's avatar
Actually, she wrote that paper specifically for that pun.

Math puns are a real occurrence: the famous Cox-Zucker machine in algebraic geometry is a good example.
Animatorsnake's avatar
*un-facepalm* oh well thank you for explaining, i got a different meaning
KopaLeo's avatar
In physics, there's the black hole. According to Steven Hawking in A Brief History of Time, section 4.2, some French scientists felt that the name, as they translated it "trous noirs", had dubious sexual connotations, and should be replaced by "astres occlus", or "hidden stars". However, "black holes" caught the public's imagination the most.

Their suspicion deepened with the theorem "A black hole has no hair."

This is an example of unintentional pun.
Animatorsnake's avatar
ah i see well then this has been a enjoyable and learning experience
tigreanpony's avatar
That was interesting, so glad that it was stopped before the Rarity pun.
KopaLeo's avatar
I don't understand why so many people hate puns.
firebirdbtops's avatar
I recently read a series where Ada made a detective agency with Mary Shelly
bobhershey's avatar

Best Pony and my favorite desert!
Centaur71's avatar
Twilight, don't get math...get even! *rimshot*
bugsydor's avatar
I knew what was coming as soon as the EqD page said "Math License." I was not disappointed.
KopaLeo's avatar
Did you read my earlier xkcd comic? It might be also to your taste…
bugsydor's avatar
Yep, read it too. Was an interesting take.
I'm so glad someone finally stopped before the pun. :V
schneelocke's avatar
No black belt in mathematics for you anymore, Twily!
Okay, I'm going to be "that guy".

"Tertiary" means "third". In this comic, you want to use "ternary", meaning "having three parts".

Primary, secondary, tertiary.
Unary, binary, ternary.
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