I thought he got that from bad pi? Added to hydration subtraction dividing him in half many times, throwing his algorithms off and extrapolating his stools along a square route. He got it moving in the end, though - he worked it out with the aid of a chemist.

The mathematician did, however, sign the waiver with a pencil (so there's that), but the chemist couldn't sign anything because his fingers were covered in shitty Vasaline. Otherwise, pencils don't really factor in.