19: George Clinton

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George Clinton
I still wish it were true.
Title text: I still wish it were true.

[edit] Explanation

{{Incomplete|What are the formula and diagram on the other blackboard? Can someone improve the formulas in the transcript, or is that not possible on this site?)

George Clinton is an American musician most famous for his funk music and wild hair style.

As Randall says, he had attempted to spread around an urban legend that George Clinton had a Bachelor of Arts degree in mathematics. However, the more Randall thought about this rumor, the more he found himself believing it was true. This behavior is related to Pseudologia fantastica, which is more commonly known as pathological or compulsive lying. This comic references the associated behavior that an "individual may be aware they are lying, or may believe they are telling the truth, being unaware that they are relating fantasies." These individuals may eventually stop the lie as demonstrated by the title text, which indicates that at some later time the individual realized that the rumor was not true, but wishes it to be so.

The equations on the board are Laplace transforms of functions.

[edit] Transcript

[George Clinton indicates one of two equations on the blackboard to the left. There are one more equation and a diagram on the blackboard to the right that exits the frame. The first part of the text is above the blackboards:]
I once tried to start the urban legend that George Clinton has a B.A. in mathematics
[On the left blackboard are two formulas, George points to the lower one:]
L(F(t) = F(s) = ∫0f(t)e-stdt
L-1 (F(s)) = f(t) = ∫0 F(t)estdt
[On the right blackboard are one formula (partly) and an diagram with an x-y scale and three other lines touching down to the base. Above these lines are some numbers, that are partly indecipherable.]
γn = 2n/12K
0 z
[Below George and the blackboards are the part of the text:]
...but I wanted it to be true so badly that I started believing it myself.

[edit] Trivia

  • This was the 18th comic originally posted to LiveJournal.
  • Original title: "Wednesday: George Clinton"
  • There were no original Randall quote for this comic.
  • This comic was posted on xkcd when the web site opened on Sunday the 1st of January 2006.
    • It was posted along with all 41 comics posted before that on LiveJournal as well as a few others.
    • The latter explaining why the numbers of these 41 LiveJournal comics ranges from 1-44.
  • One of the original drawings drawn on checkered paper.
  • The first Laplace transform has a mismatched left parenthesis, which was the topic of 859: (.


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Discussion

Rikthoff (talk) Does anybody know what the correct date of issue of this comic is? Also, does anybody know why Randall loves George Clinton?

Have you listened to George Clinton? It's seems reasonable to me that Randall should love him. Blaisepascal (talk) 03:54, 15 August 2012 (UTC)

While reading that I got curious: How is it possible to gain a B.A. in mathematics? I couldn't find any information about the U.S. bachelor system, but in Germany a bachelor's degree in any STEM field is considered a B.Sc. Elektrizikekswerk (talk) 12:08, 17 November 2014 (UTC)

Interestingly, a few years after this comic was made, George Clinton did record the track "Mathematics Of Love" (http://www.metrolyrics.com/mathematics-of-love-lyrics-george-clinton.html). 141.101.99.77 11:57, 6 January 2015 (UTC) Kingofderby
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