More Mythbusting

To follow up on my post about the Mythbuster Jamie Hyneman, I thought I'd mention that, while we tried to keep the 'star struck' factor to a dull roar -- something that is no small feat, to be sure -- and for the most part we did pretty well.

That is, of course, until we got to talking about the specifics of the show itself. One of the best things about the Mythbusters is that they don't just grab a myth, and test it. They actually walk through the background of the myth, and then they go through the mathematics and sometimes the physics of the myth.

The example I like best is the 4th episode about the penny dropping from the Empire State building. Will it really kill a person? Well, rather than doing the obvious and just dropping one off the top of the building, they actually took the time to calculate the terminal velocity of a penny, and the force that the mass of the penny would be capable of delivering at terminal velocity. Cool! Way better than just dropping a penny!

So you see, my son loves the show. He loves that they blow stuff up, sure, but he really loves that they do real math on the show to prove what they are doing (see the penny example above). He loves math. He's a whiz with math.

So back to the 'star-struck' part of the Mythbusters meeting (remember, that's where we started). Finally, at the end, I just had to ask Jamie for an autograph for my son. Randy would never have forgiven me had I not gotten him him one, for certain. And being the great guy that he is, Jamie agreed to have a picture taken with me, which I then printed out and had him sign to Randy. Check it out:

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Neat, huh? But the neatest thing was that he actually first invited me and Randy up to his shop some weekend to get a complete tour and meet everybody. Too bad Randy still lives in North Carolina and I can't take him up on the offer. Now that would blow Randy's mind!

Comments:

That's very cool! Mythbusters is such a neat concept and it's put together so well. I think I saw one of these SPOTs at a robotics meeting at SF State a couple months ago. I only got a real short look at it - is there a page somewhere with more solid info about these things?

Posted by Nick on January 18, 2006 at 05:52 AM EST #

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