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The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets

The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets | Hardback

Released on 10 October 2013

Author: Simon Singh | Format: Hardback

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Everyone knows that The Simpsons is probably the most successful show in television history. What you might not know is that it contains enough sophisticated mathematics to form a university course, and then some. In the first ever episode, baby Maggie is messing around with some building blocks, which she nonchalantly piles up into a stack that reads EMCSQU. She's cracked Einstein's famous formula, E=mc2. You might not notice unless you're a bit nerdy, but it's a sign of things to come. The following twenty-five series are peppered with subtle and not-so-subtle references to theorems, conjectures and equations: Bart being mistaken for a boy-genius and sent to an Enriched Learning Centre for Gifted Children where the students speak only in algebra; Lisa proving that statistical analysis can lead a school baseball team to victory; and the aged Professor Frink showing off his mind-bending Frinkahedron. And most unexpected of all, it's maths that actually works - even the stuff that's just scribbled on a classroom blackboard. Bestselling author Simon Singh investigates the maths that infiltrates The Simpsons in a way that is both accessible and funny.He takes you behind the scenes and makes sense of the complex mathematical jokes that litter the show. He meets the writing team who are not only comedy geniuses but who also happen to hold an array of diplomas in super-geeky subjects from applied mathematics to biochemistry (in fact, two of the original writers were brought in especially to 'nerdify' the first series). And along the way, he throws light on the history of maths and the problems that still haunt today's generation of number theorists. D'oh!