May 07, 2003

As Knowledge Approaches Zero

Scott Adams was right:

Dilbert's "Salary Theorem" states that: "Engineers and scientists can never earn as much as business executives and sales people."

This theorem can now be supported by a mathematical equation based on the following two postulates:

Postulate 1: Knowledge is Power.
Postulate 2: Time is Money.

As every engineer knows: Power = Work / Time,

Knowledge = Power
Time = Money

Knowledge = Work/Money.

Solving for Money, we get: Money = Work / Knowledge.

Thus, as Knowledge approaches zero, Money approaches infinity, regardless of the amount of work done.

Conclusion: The less you know, the more you make.

Metafilter is a very good web site. I found this refutation of the Dilbert theorem there too...

That's a cute theorem, though of course the trick is whether it's money incoming or outgoing. In the original equation, power = work/time, we're talking of power= work done/time expended (so the more power, the less time spent to do the same amount of work), so the next part is greater knowledge = more work done by spending less money, which still makes sense.

The conclusion would be that as knowledge approaches zero, the money you spend to get any work done approaches infinity - not the money you earn.

Posted by thom at May 7, 2003 02:05 PM

...the money you spend to get any work done approaches infinity - not the money you earn.

That explains why wealthy celebrities can have so much money and then end up broke. I like it!

Posted by: Spinning Head Guy at September 5, 2003 11:44 PM

Amazingly, a similar phenomena occurs with lottery winners...

Posted by: paulthom at September 5, 2003 11:47 PM
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