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While some watch The Simpsons for jokes about sloppiness and sloth, Dr. Simon Singh (Fermat's Enigma; The Code Book) has been viewing it attentively as a source of mathematical fun. As we learn in this engaging book, he wasn't just imagining things. With a notably nerdy staff (five scriptwriters have a total of no fewer than nine Ivy League math and science degrees), the longest running sitcom in TV history has been literally toying with math since day one: In fact, the very first scene of the first scene began with Lisa placing with alphabet blocks that spell out "EMCSQU," a toddler's tribute to Einstein's theory. Singh mixes show jokes about pies and pi with lively descriptions of the mathematical theories looming behind the puns and chalk jottings. Even serious math-phobes and Bart Simpson wannabes will enjoy this book.