"A hugely entertaining celebration of the science behind the cartoon silliness." ( The Guardian Review , Saturday 18th August 2007) "...a book that can be enjoyed by all ages." ( Physics World , December 2007) "[The book] is a fun introduction to some aspects of science that will appeal to anyone curious about some common science..." ( concatenation.org , Wednesday 16th January 2008)
“…as fast paced and slick as the show [The Simpsons]”. Cosmos May 2008
"...as fast paced and slick as the show [The Simpsons]".
From the Back Cover
Is the universe shaped like a donut? Homer proposed such a theory. Do three–eyed fish swim near nuclear power plants? Bart managed to catch one. Are perpetual–motion machines suitable for school projects? Lisa constructed a working model. The Simpsons®, the world′s most popular and longest–running animated series, is a treasure–trove of scientific ideas and a clever mixture of fact and fancy. Now there′s a guide to the science behind the show. In What′s Science Ever Done for Us? you′ll find answers to an amazing array of scientific questions raised in 26 classic episodes, including: Can genetics explain Homer′s dimwittedness and Lisa′s brains? Are shrink–rays and teleportation devices possible along the linesof Professor Frink′s inventions? Could androids, like the one that replaced Bart in one episode,ever have consciousness? Do toilets in North America and Australia flush in opposite directions? If Earth were in peril, should we try to escape on a rocket, like Marge, Lisa, and Maggie did, and attempt to colonize Mars? Could we travel back in time, like Homer did, change the past, and find ourselves in a parallel reality? Whether you′re a Simpsons fan, a science buff, or both, get ready to laugh and learn as Homer, Bart, Marge, Lisa, and the entire town of Springfield prove that science isn′t just funit′s hilarious!
About the Author
Paul Halpern , PHD, is professor of physics and mathematics at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia and a 2002 recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship. He is the author of The Great Beyond, also from Wiley.