At the company I work for, I sometimes provide people with various MATLAB-compiled standalone utilities for their work. When I told him it was MATLAB, one of the people here, who was apparently unfamiliar with The Mathworks and its products, concluded that MATLAB itself was my invention and that I had named MATLAB after myself (because my name is Matt......Matt-Lab......get it?).
At my University someone has a car with "MATLAB" as their license plate text. I'm not positive who it is, though I have my guesses (that I'm sure some of you can deduce by looking at my University). As far as a reference/citation, I don't think whoever owns that car would appreciate their license plate shown all over the internet.
I do see the logo on other vehicles once in a while. If you see the logo on the back of a silver VW EuroVan with Idaho plates, look at the driver. You may just spot a bearded man wearing a MATLAB hat. Don't hesitate to wave!
From the Acknowledgements section ofSpectral methods in MATLAB by Lloyd Nicholas Trefethen:
"... there is a brass plaque on my office wall, given to me in 1998 by The MathWorks Inc., which reads:FIRST ORDER FOR MATLAB, February 7, 1985, Ordered by Professor Nick Trefethen, Massachusetts Institute of Technology."
On an episode of Harry's law (I can't remember which one), Tommy Jefferson (a fast-talking lawyer) boasts about a number of lawsuits he's won against various big corporations. It went something like this:
Playing Cricket: Physicists Cast New Light On Spin-Bowling
As the Ashes series gets underway next week, a pair of brothers from Australia have been exploring the physics behind the spin of a cricket ball.
Garry Robinson said: "Our results show that the effects on a spinning ball are not purely due to the wind holding the ball up, since a reversal of wind direction can cause the ball to dip instead. These trajectory changes are due to the combination of the wind and the spin of the ball.
"The effects of spin in the presence of a cross-wind, and how to fully exploit it, may or may not be completely appreciated by spin bowlers. Either way, we have provided a mathematical model for the situation, although the model of course awaits detailed comparison with observations."
Once the equations were constructed, they were numerically solved using a computer software program called MATLAB; the solutions were then used to create illustrative examples for cricket.