The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets

The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets

Book - 2014
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Spotlights the references to mathematics contained within various episodes of The Simpsons. Explains when these references occur and and discusses what they mean and how they relate to the show's plot.
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury, 2014
Edition: Paperback edition
ISBN: 9781620402788
Characteristics: viii, 255 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm

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fishbb Sep 07, 2017

Our dear librarian Peter (who is kind of possessing a very dark nerdy side...I am just kidding) suggested this masterpiece to me, and for that I thank him infinitely, or does it make a difference if I say I thank him infinitely raised to the power of infinity? You will find out the answer if you read this book, along with tons of real funny, intelligent math jokes hidden in or outside the Simpsons. I will share with you this one joke Peter enjoy most:"Why is it that the more accuracy you demand from an interpolation function, the more expensive it becomes to compute? The answer, my friend, is the law of spline demand." I enjoyed every line of the book I read so far, and caught up with many different types of math concepts and anecdotes. For example, do you know the only research paper Bill Gates ever published is about flipping pancakes? It is a tough one and the upgraded version is the burnt pancake problem. Just read the book to find out more, I guarantee you will not disappointed if you also have a dark nerdy side.

biblioanna Feb 24, 2017

Not just a summary of math in The Simpsons, but a great history of the writing process of the show and a history of the social aspects of math in comedy.

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Jakedesnake
Jun 02, 2015

I'll be honest: I was doubting this would be a good book. I read some really...average math book recently, and while I was an enormous fan of the Simpsons when I was younger, I haven't watched an episode in over two years.

However, Simon Singh is an amazing scientific speaker. He hooks you from the first chapter, in a mash of Simpsons history, math history and (most importantly) pointing out and explaining a lot of easter eggs hidden in the Simpsons and Futurama. He covers many subjects, from Fermat's theorem to sabermetrics. This is also one of the few books where I enjoyed reading the appendixes, as they truly brought a complement to the text. Anyone who say they hate math should read this tome.

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