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The Simpsons and their Mathematical Secrets

Author: Simon Singh
Publisher: London : Bloomsbury, 2013.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Simon Singh, author of the bestsellers Fermat's Enigma, The Code Book, and The 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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Humor
Named Person: Mathematik
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Simon Singh
ISBN: 9781408843734 1408843730 9781408835302 1408835304 9781408842812 1408842815
OCLC Number: 859223856
Description: viii, 253 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Ch. 0 The Truth about the Simpsons --
Ch. 1 Bart the Genius --
Ch. 2 Are you pie Curious? --
Ch. 3 Homers last theorem --
Ch. 4 The puzzle of Mathematical humor --
Examination 1 --
Ch. 5 Six degrees of Separation --
Ch. 6 Lisa Simpson, Queen of stats and bats --
Ch. 7 Galgebra and Galgorithms --
Examination 2 --
Ch. 8 A prime-time show --
Ch. 9 To infinity and beyond --
Ch. 10 The scarecrow theorem --
Examination 3 --
Ch. 11 Freeze-frame mathematics --
Ch. 12 Another slice of pie --
Ch. 13 Homer --
Examination 4 --
Ch. 14 The birth of futurama --
Ch. 15 1,729 and a romantic incident --
Ch. 16 A one-sided story --
Ch. 17 The futurama theorem --
Examination 5 --
Epilogue --
Appendix 1 The Sabermetrics approach in soccer --
Appendix 2 Making sense of Eulers equation --
Appendix 3 Fermat's last theorem program --
Appendix 4 Dr Keeler's theorem --
Acknowledgements --
Online resources --
Picture credits --
Index.
Responsibility: by Simon Singh.

Abstract:

Simon Singh, author of the bestsellers Fermat's Enigma, The Code Book, and The 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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Singh blows the lid off a decades-long conspiracy to secretly educate cartoon viewers -- David X Cohen, writer for <i>The Simpsons</i> and <i>Futurama Read more...

 
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