The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets

The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets

Description

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.


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Details

Author(s)
Dr. Simon Singh
Format
Paperback | 272 pages
Dimensions
153 x 234 x 25mm | 409g
Publication date
21 Nov 2013
Publisher
Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publication City/Country
London, United Kingdom
Language
English
Illustrations note
20 b/w throughout
ISBN10
1408843730
ISBN13
9781408843734
Bestsellers rank
22,338