626: Newton and Leibniz
|Newton and Leibniz|
Title text: YEEEEEEAAAAAAHHHHHH!
First and foremost Isaac Newton and Gottfried Leibniz both developed calculus independently of each other, as the comic says, about 8 years apart. However, Newton disputed the fact that Leibniz invented calculus independently of him.
In calculus a derivative is the result of mathematical differentiation: the instantaneous rate of change of a function relative to its argument, and denoted df(x)/dx. Another way to think of the derivative is as a plot of all the slopes of lines tangent to the graph of a function. However, the literary word derivative means developed from something older.
The pun is that Newton is claiming that Leibniz's mathematical derivative is a derivative, or descendant, from his earlier development of this calculus.
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 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.