The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets

The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets

by Simon Singh


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The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets by Simon Singh

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 viewers—indeed, 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 concepts—ranging 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 team—the likes of David X. Cohen, Al Jean, Jeff Westbrook, and Stewart Burns—all 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781620402788
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 10/14/2014
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 247,221
Product dimensions: 8.20(w) x 5.50(h) x 0.80(d)

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

Epilogue 217

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

Acknowledgments 231

Online Resources 235

Picture Credits 237

Index 239

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The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Skippy123 More than 1 year ago
Humorous and edifying.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a great read for anyone who is a nerd, a Simpsons fan, or both! =)
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Spider pig. Spider pig. Does whatever a spider pig does. Can he swing. From a web. No he cant. Cause he's a pig. Look ouuuttt. He is a spider pig
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you like the Simpsons OR math, you will enjoy this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
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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.
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