The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets

The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets

eBook - 2014
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"Simon Singh, author of the bestsellers Fermat's Enigma, The Code Book, and The 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"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, NY : Bloomsbury USA, 2014.
ISBN: 9781620402795
Characteristics: 1 online resource (viii, 253 p.) : ill. ; 25 cm.


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fishbb Sep 07, 2017

Our dear librarian Peter (who is kind of possessing a very dark nerdy side...I am just kidding) suggested this masterpiece to me, and for that I thank him infinitely, or does it make a difference if I say I thank him infinitely raised to the power of infinity? You will find out the answer if you read this book, along with tons of real funny, intelligent math jokes hidden in or outside the Simpsons. I will share with you this one joke Peter enjoy most:"Why is it that the more accuracy you demand from an interpolation function, the more expensive it becomes to compute? The answer, my friend, is the law of spline demand." I enjoyed every line of the book I read so far, and caught up with many different types of math concepts and anecdotes. For example, do you know the only research paper Bill Gates ever published is about flipping pancakes? It is a tough one and the upgraded version is the burnt pancake problem. Just read the book to find out more, I guarantee you will not disappointed if you also have a dark nerdy side.

biblioanna Feb 24, 2017

Not just a summary of math in The Simpsons, but a great history of the writing process of the show and a history of the social aspects of math in comedy.

Jun 02, 2015

I'll be honest: I was doubting this would be a good book. I read some really...average math book recently, and while I was an enormous fan of the Simpsons when I was younger, I haven't watched an episode in over two years.

However, Simon Singh is an amazing scientific speaker. He hooks you from the first chapter, in a mash of Simpsons history, math history and (most importantly) pointing out and explaining a lot of easter eggs hidden in the Simpsons and Futurama. He covers many subjects, from Fermat's theorem to sabermetrics. This is also one of the few books where I enjoyed reading the appendixes, as they truly brought a complement to the text. Anyone who say they hate math should read this tome.

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