This makes a great gift for someone who loves math and also loves The Simpsons and Futurama. Little known fact: many of the folks on the production staff for these shows went to MIT and laid plenty of science and math Easter Eggs throughout the shows. This book reveals and explains many of them!— Reach and Teach
The brainy book by the bestselling author of Fermat's Enigma-a must for anyone interested in numbers and mathematics, as well as for the millions of Simpsons fans worldwide.
“Simon Singh's excellent book blows the lid off a decades-long conspiracy to secretly educate cartoon viewers.” ?David X. Cohen, writer for The Simpsons and Futurama
Simon Singh, author of the bestsellers Fermat's Enigma, The Code Book, and 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.
“Simon Singh's excellent book blows the lid off a decades-long conspiracy to secretly educate cartoon viewers.” —David X. Cohen, writer for The Simpsons and Futurama.
“Plenty of solid, vest-pocket profiles of both the show's writers and great mathematicians of the past...A fun trip with the 'ultimate TV vehicle for pop culture mathematics.'” —Kirkus Reviews
“It's hard to imagine a grander, more thrilling story...fast-paced...hugely entertaining...Big Bang is, 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
“A gripping account of . . . this centuries-long drama of ingenious failures, crushed hopes, fatal duels, and suicides.” —Jim Holt on FERMAT'S ENIGMA, The Wall Street Journal
“An excellent account of one of the most dramatic and moving events of the century.” —Sir Roger Penrose on FERMAT'S ENIGMA, New York Times Book Review, Sir Roger Penrose on FERMAT'S ENIGMA
“There's no better account of the big bang theory than this.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review for BIG BANG
“Entertaining and satisfying. . . . Offers a fascinating glimpse into the mostly secret competition between codemakers and codebreakers.” —USA Today on THE CODE BOOK
“The history of mathematics comes alive even for those who dread balancing their checkbooks.” —Publishers Weekly on FERMAT'S ENGIMA
“Singh captures the joys and frustrations of this quest for an extremely elusive proof...and builds to a truly engrossing climax. It's a mathematical page-turner.” —Library Journal on FERMAT'S ENIGMA