Star Trek: The Next Generation Easter Egg - The Drake Equation
In Rain Robinson's SETI lab there are lots of historic NASA / Sci-fi posters and memorabilia on the wall. One of them is a very distorted version of Drakes Equation.
The story behind it is that the formula (created by Prof. Frank Drake to estimate the number of technologically sophisticated cultures in the universe) was used by creator Gene Roddenberry when he first pitched the idea of Star Trek to the studio bosses to show alien life was within scientific probablity.
As he did not have a copy of the actual formula with him when he went to make the pitch he made up what he thought looked plausibe, and it worked.
As a result the formula in Rain Robinsons lab has two lines - The first contains the true formula while the second is the 'Roddenberry' version. One amusing thing is that Roddenberry put a pair of elements to the power of 1, et any value raised to the value of one is simply the value!
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||Renton on 12-13-1999
The episode 'Future's End pt.1'
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