The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets

The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets


By (author) Simon Singh

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  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • Format: Paperback | 272 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 208mm x 20mm | 249g
  • Publication date: 14 October 2014
  • ISBN 10: 1620402785
  • ISBN 13: 9781620402788
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 334,704

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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 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.

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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 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.

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"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"