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June 25, 2007

nerdboy Flash Gordon reference – uh oh!

Oh dear – whilst watching a bit of Flash Gordon at the weekend (the things you do when it’s raining) I picked up a reference in a throw away line said by Dr Zarkov:

Zarkov and Barin are in Ming’s palace trying to rescue various others and come across a door with a coded lock – never fear, announces Zarkov, I should be able to cope with this, and so he does, explaining his success with the line

“A-ha! I thought it was one of the prime numbers of the Zeeman series. I haven’t changed!”

Now – could this be a reference to Warwick’s own Christopher Zeeman, stellar mathematician and founder of the Mathematics Department?

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