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    DescriptionYou may have watched hundreds of episodes of "The Simpsons" (and its sister show "Futurama") without ever realizing that cleverly embedded in many plots are subtle references to mathematics, ranging from well-known equations to cutting-edge theorems and conjectures. That they exist, Simon Singh reveals, underscores the brilliance of the shows' writers, many of whom have advanced degrees in mathematics in addition to their unparalleled sense of humor. While recounting memorable episodes such as "Bart the Genius" and "Homer3," Singh weaves in mathematical stories that explore everything from p to Mersenne primes, Euler's equation to the unsolved riddle of P v. NP; from perfect numbers to narcissistic numbers, infinity to even bigger infinities, and much more. Along the way, Singh meets members of "The Simpsons"' brilliant writing team--among them David X. Cohen, Al Jean, Jeff Westbrook, and Mike Reiss--whose love of arcane mathematics becomes clear as they reveal the stories behind the episodes. With wit and clarity, displaying a true fan's zeal, and replete with images from the shows, photographs of the writers, and diagrams and proofs, "The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets" offers an entirely new insight into the most successful show in television history.

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    The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Simon Singh
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 253
    Width: 160 mm
    Height: 236 mm
    Thickness: 30 mm
    Weight: 500 g
    ISBN 13: 9781620402771
    ISBN 10: 1620402777

    BIC E4L: MAT
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S7.8
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T General Subject: 140
    B&T Book Type: NF
    DC21: 510
    BIC subject category V2: APT
    DC22: 510
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    BIC subject category V2: JFCA
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    BIC subject category V2: PB
    BISAC V2.8: SOC022000
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 16200
    BISAC V2.8: PER010000
    Abridged Dewey: 510
    Ingram Subject Code: MA
    Libri: I-MA
    BISAC V2.8: ART023000, MAT000000
    LC subject heading: , ,
    LC classification: QA99 .S48 2013
    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations
    Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
    Imprint name
    Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
    Publication date
    29 October 2013
    Author Information
    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 "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 Channel 4 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.
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    "Highly entertaining." -Amir Alexendar, "New York Times""Mathematical concepts both useful and obscure explained via the antics of America's favorite yellow family!" -"Mental Floss" "The clarity of his explanations is impressive, and there are some illuminating interviews with Simpsons writers...this is a valuable, entertaining book that, above all, celebrates a supremely funny, sophisticated show."" -Financial Times""What have Homer and Bart got to do with Euler's equation, the googolplex or the topology of doughnuts? The writers of The Simpsons have slipped a multitude of mathematical references into the show. Simon Singh has fun weaving great mathematics stories around our favourite TV characters.""""-New Scientist"