626: Newton and Leibniz
|Newton and Leibniz|
Title text: YEEEEEEAAAAAAHHHHHH!
First and foremost Isaac Newton and Gottfried Leibniz both invented calculus independently of each other, as the comic says, about 8 years apart. However, Newton disputed the fact that Leibniz invented calculus independent of him.
In calculus a derivative is the result of mathematical differentiation; the instantaneous change of one quantity relative to another; df(x)/dx. Another way to think of the derivative, is a plot of all the slopes of lines tangent to the original equation. However, the literary word derivative means to develop from something older.
So, the pun is that Newton in the comic is claiming that Leibniz's derivative (meaning: the invention of calculus) is a derivative of (meaning: developed from) his derivative (meaning: calculus). It's even punnier in that Newton started with derivatives as opposed to starting with integrals, as Leibniz did). Also, this really happened (without the meme of course)(Leibniz–Newton calculus controversy.
The comic as a whole is mocking the pattern of corny one-liners that David Caruso often spurts out during the opening scenes of CSI: Miami. The one liner is followed by him dramatically pulling off his sunglasses and then the show breaks into the title sequence which starts with the word "YEEEEAAAAAAAH." This has become a popular Internet meme and was used frequently most recently with Michael Jackson's death.
- Newton, 1666
- [Newton with long white hair holds up a sheet of paper.]
- Newton: I've invented calculus!
- Leibniz, 1674
- [Leibniz with long black hair holds up a sheet of paper.]
- Leibniz: I've invented calculus!
- Newton: Really? Sounds a little bit...
- [Newton puts on a pair of sunglasses.]
- Newton: ...Derivative.