Fisher Stevens by Jemal Countess/WireImage.com Fisher Stevens by Jemal Countess/WireImage.com

It's amazing that fancy satellite phone didn't... Short Circuit. Fisher Stevens is joining ABC's Lost in the recurring role of Minkowski, a mysterious character alluded to several times toward the end of last season and ultimately heard over the phone when Jack (stupid, impetuous Jack) made contact with Not Penny's Boat.

The name Minkowski, the Hollywood Reporter notes, could be an allusion to German mathematician Hermann Minkowski, whose concept of a fourth dimension - time - played into Einstein's theory of special relativity

Minkowski, Einstein, Asimov... what's with all the flippin' science in my column today?!