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The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets (Hardback)
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The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets (Hardback)

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Hardback 272 Pages / Published: 10/10/2013
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Some have seen philosophy embedded in episodes of The Simpsons; others have detected elements of psychology and religion. Simon Singh, bestselling author of Fermat's Last Theorem, The Code Book and The Big Bang, instead makes the compelling case that what The Simpsons' writers are most passionate about is mathematics. He reveals how the writers have drip-fed morsels of number theory into the series over the last twenty-five years; indeed, there are so many mathematical references in The Simpsons, and in its sister program, Futurama, that they could form the basis of an entire university course. Using specific episodes as jumping off points - from `Bart the Genius' to `Treehouse of Horror VI' - Simon Singh brings to life the most intriguing and meaningful mathematical concepts, ranging from pi and the paradox of infinity to the origins of numbers and the most profound outstanding problems that haunt today's generation of mathematicians. In the process, he introduces us to The Simpsons' brilliant writing team - the likes of Ken Keeler, Al Jean, Jeff Westbrook, and Stewart Burns - who are not only comedy geniuses, but who also hold advanced degrees in mathematics. This eye-opening book will give anyone who reads it an entirely new mathematical insight into the most successful show in television history.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781408835302
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 542 g
Dimensions: 234 x 153 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Singh blows the lid off a decades-long conspiracy to secretly educate cartoon viewers -- David X Cohen, writer for The Simpsons and Futurama
An entertaining picture of the insanely high-minded nature of the Simpsons' writers * Sunday Times *
Singh shows a knack for gliding seamlessly between abstract mathematical concepts and every day life, always seeking out the most engaging, human and topical examples. Singh's clean prose, detailed research and enthusiasm for the world of numbers are likely to captivate even those for whom maths normally creates feelings of anxiety rather than mirth * The Times *
Impressive and illuminating ... this is a valuable, entertaining book * Financial Times *
What have Homer and Bart got to do with Euler's equation, the googolplex or the topology of doughnuts? ... Simon Singh has fun weaving great mathematics stories around our favourite TV characters * New Scientist *
Enlightening * The Times *
Singh shows just how addictive maths can be * BBC Focus *
Quite literally cosmic * New York Times on BIG BANG *
Singh spins tales of cryptic intrigue in every chapter * Wall Street Journal on THE CODE BOOK *
An excellent account of one of the most dramatic and moving events of the century * New York Times Book Review on FERMAT'S LAST THEOREM *

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“28 + 8208 – 1749 = won’t leave you pi eyed”

Having recently read Tammet’s ‘Thinking in Numbers’, I picked up this offering having a heightened interest in numbers but no particular penchant for The Simpsons or its spin off Futurama. I completed it with an... More

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