Thursday, July 21, 2005


Via Collision Detection, an article in the Times about Danica McKellar, an actress seen all over TV who also is responsible for a published mathematical theorem (Chayes et al. 1997). I have one quibble with the NYT article. It says
She may also be the only actress, now or ever, to prove a new mathematical theorem, one that bears her name. Certainly, she is the only theorem prover who appears wearing black lingerie in the July issue of Stuff magazine.
Perhaps, but classic hollywood babe Hedy Lamarr did patent the first frequency hopping guidance system. She and a collaborator (a movie composer) designed a torpedo guidance system that escaped jamming by using a piano roll to continuously change the frequency of the guiding signal.

Also my friend Grey is an accomplished actress with an MS in oceanographic physics who worked for NASA for a time.

So, shout outs to all the actresses/scientists (or mathematicians or engineers)


L Chayes, D McKellar and B Winn (1997) J. Phys. A: Math. Gen. 31 (1998) 9055–9063.

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