The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets

The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets

by Simon Singh

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Overview

You may have watched hundreds of episodes of The Simpsons (and its sister show Futurama) without ever realising that they contain enough maths to form an entire university course. In The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets, Simon Singh explains how the brilliant writers, some of the mathematicians, have smuggled in mathematical jokes throughout the cartoon's twenty-five year history, exploring everything from to Mersenne primes, from Euler's equation to the unsolved riddle of P vs. NP, from perfect numbers to narcissistic numbers, and much more.

With wit, clarity and a true fan's zeal, Singh analyses such memorable episodes as 'Bart the Genius' and 'Homer³' to offer an entirely new insight into the most successful show in television history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781620402795
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Publication date: 10/29/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 934,314
File size: 20 MB
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About the Author

Simon Singh received his PhD in particle physics from the University of Cambridge. A former BBC producer and BAFTA Award-winning documentary director, he is the author of the bestselling Fermat's Last Theorem. His bestseller The Code Book was the basis for the Channel 4 series The Science of Secrecy and his third book, Big Bang, was also a bestseller. He lives in London.
Simon Singh received his PhD in particle physics from the University of Cambridge. A former BBC producer and BAFTA Award-winning documentary director, he is the author of the bestselling Fermat's Last Theorem. His bestseller The Code Book was the basis for the BBC series The Science of Secrecy and his third book, Big Bang, was also a bestseller. He 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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