Friday, January 2, 2009

Mariah = Einstein?

Mariah Carey has said that the title of her new album E=MC2 means "emancipation equals Mariah Carey times two". Instead of evaluating her equation on its merits, mathematician David Leslie claims to be upset that Carey "misread the algebra" and that the proper interpretation would be "...emancipation equals Mariah Carey Carey". I'm not suggesting that Mariah Carey has discovered the unifying theory of physics but let's not be so quick to dismiss her. You know who else was casually dismissed? A lowly Swiss patent clerk and his hot new album.