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originally posted by: AMPTAH
Not random, it's the 47th proposition of Euclid, the famous Pythagorean theorem.
You'll have to ask the Freemasons about that one.
I don't feel like revealing this secret today.
originally posted by: Nyiah
< heavy sigh > ANY search engine is your friend, not wishy-washy voodoo speculation. It's a math inside joke from Pomona College, where Joe Menosky went to school.
Forty-seven has been the favorite number of Pomona College, California, United States, since 1964. A mathematical proof, written in 1964 by Professor Donald Bentley, supposedly demonstrates that all numbers are equal to 47. However, Bentley offered it as a "joke proof" to further a popular student research project that listed real and imaginative "47 sightings". Bentley used the invalid proof to introduce his students to the concept of mathematical proofs. The proof used limits to show that the sum of the two equal sides of an isosceles triangle is equal to the base side. Bentley chose forty-seven as the base side, but he could have used any number.
My husband is a huge math nerd, and while not being remotely familiar with Star Trek or it's inside jokes, knows about the 47 joke proof in historical context. Years ago, after he'd explained the point of the proof when I asked him about it, "OK, so then why do people think it's some super secret cult-y s#?" He answered "Because people are stupid. The proof's still out there, but people are too stupid to understand the point of it. Ergo, shady society excuses instead of admitting being idiots." There you have it, math nerd wins.