The Physics of Futurama

You might think that Futurama's an unlikely place to find a grab bag of graduate-level physics, but in an excellent new interview with the American Physical Society, creator David X. Cohen says viewers of his show will find just that.

The lengthy, awesome interview, which will be published in the next APS journal, details how Cohen himself made the transition from graduate student in physics to professional comedy writer, and includes a teaser of a science-heavy episode from the new season:

In the 10th episode of the upcoming season, tentatively entitled "The Prisoner of Benda," a theorem based on group theory was specifically written (and proven!) by staffer/PhD mathematician Ken Keeler to explain a plot twist.

Scientific accuracy! It's never been so funny. Check out the full interview to further convince yourself that Futurama isn't only a diversion but a learning experience, too. [APS via Slashdot]