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Simon Singh, author of the bestsellers Fermat's Enigma, The Code Book, and Big Bang, offers fascinating new insights into the celebrated television series The Simpsons: That the show drip-feeds morsels of number theory into the minds of its viewersindeed, that there are so many mathematical references in the show, and in its sister program, Futurama, that they could form the basis of an entire university course.
Recounting memorable episodes from "Bart the Genius" to "Homer3," Singh brings alive intriguing and meaningful mathematical conceptsranging from the mathematics of pi and the paradox of infinity to the origin of numbers and the most profound outstanding problems that haunt today's generation of mathematicians. In the process, he illuminates key moments in the history of mathematics, and introduces us to The Simpsons' brilliant writing teamthe likes of David X. Cohen, Al Jean, Jeff Westbrook, and Stewart Burnsall of whom have various advanced degrees in mathematics, physics, and other sciences.
Based on interviews with the writers of The Simpsons and replete with images from the shows, facsimiles of scripts, paintings and drawings, and other imagery, The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets will give anyone who reads it an entirely new insight into the most successful show in television history.
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About the Author
Simon Singh received his Ph.D. in particle physics from the University of Cambridge. A former BBC producer, he directed the BAFTA Award–winning documentary film Fermat's Last Theorem and wrote Fermat's Enigma, the bestselling book on the same subject. His bestseller The Code Book was the basis for the BBC series The Science of Secrecy. His third book, Big Bang, was also a bestseller, and Trick or Treatment: The Undeniable Facts About Alternative Medicine, written with Edzard Ernst, gained widespread attention. Singh lives in London.
Table of Contents
Chapter 0 The Truth About the Simpsons 1
Chapter 1 Bart the Genius 5
Chapter 2 Are You Π-Curious? 17
Chapter 3 Homer's Last Theorem 26
Chapter 4 The Puzzle of Mathematical Humor 38
Examination I 51
Chapter 5 Six Degrees of Separation 54
Chapter 6 Lisa Simpson, Queen of States and Bats 63
Chapter 7 Galgebra and Galgorithms 78
Examination II 88
Chapter 8 A Prime-Time Show 90
Chapter 9 To Infinity and Beyond 104
Chapter 10 The Scarecrow Theorem 114
Examination III 126
Chapter 11 Freeze-Frame Mathematics 128
Chapter 12 Another Slice of π 140
Chapter 13 Homer3 151
Examination IV 162
Chapter 14 The Birth of Futurama 166
Chapter 15 1,729 and a Romantic Incident 180
Chapter 16 A One-Sided Story 193
Chapter 17 The Futurama Theorem 203
Examination V 214
Appendix 1 The Sabermetrics Approach in Soccer 221
Appendix 2 Making Sense of Euler's Equation 223
Appendix 3 Dr. Keeler's Recipe for the Sum of Squares 225
Appendix 4 Fractals and Fractional Dimensions 227
Appendix 5 Keeler's Theorem 229
Online Resources 235
Picture Credits 237
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
As a data analyst I really enjoyed this book. It was fun remembering the episodes as they were described in the book. I also enjoyed the chapter on Futurama. There is not a lot of new information about the show or its authors if you are an avid fan but fun anyway.
Humorous and edifying.
This book is a great read for anyone who is a nerd, a Simpsons fan, or both! =)
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If you like the Simpsons OR math, you will enjoy this book!
When I saw this book on a today deal I swooped it up and then bought a hard copy one for my son a math teacher. Who would of known when he was addicted to the Simpsons as a teen, he would learn math and become math teacher. He was thrilled to get the book.
I found that this book did a great job of making complex mathematics accessible to everyone. I wish I had thid book in high school or even college. I think it would have had a good influence on my education. The Simpsons and Futurama are 2 of my favorite shows and now I have new information to watch it with.