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The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets by [Singh, Simon]
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Singh blows the lid off a decades-long conspiracy to secretly educate cartoon viewers -- David X Cohen, writer for The Simpsons and Futurama An entertaining picture of the insanely high-minded nature of the Simpsons' writers Sunday Times Singh shows a knack for gliding seamlessly between abstract mathematical concepts and every day life, always seeking out the most engaging, human and topical examples. Singh's clean prose, detailed research and enthusiasm for the world of numbers are likely to captivate even those for whom maths normally creates feelings of anxiety rather than mirth The Times Impressive and illuminating ... this is a valuable, entertaining book Financial Times What have Homer and Bart got to do with Euler's equation, the googolplex or the topology of doughnuts? ... Simon Singh has fun weaving great mathematics stories around our favourite TV characters New Scientist Enlightening The Times Singh shows just how addictive maths can be BBC Focus 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 An excellent account of one of the most dramatic and moving events of the century New York Times Book Review on FERMAT'S LAST THEOREM

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From bestselling author of Fermat's Last Theorem, a must-have for number lovers and Simpsons fans

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1892 KB
  • Print Length: 266 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1408835304
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing; 1 edition (29 Oct. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00EDIVCPW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 164 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #69,583 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I like Simon Singh. I love Maths. I love The Simpsons.
For a while, this is an interesting and engaging idea, but sadly he just didn't have enough material for a whole book. I don't mind that Singh branches off into Futurama - it's from the same stable, that's fair enough, but I do mind the repetition. You know those TV programs (usually reality or makeover shows) where they start off by showing you clips of what they're about to so, then about every 10 minutes they show you what they've just done. or what's coming up? It's a bit like that.
There's good stuff here, but stretched too thin, and it starts to grate.
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Although I have not been a Simpsons fan, watched not more than half a dozen, I found this book a really good read. It is not so much about the programme, but about the mathematics and mathematicians involved. If you don't feel the beauty of mathematics, then it won't be for you. If you do, then it will be very enjoyable.
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Entertaining in parts, a laborious exercise in his own mathematical self indulgence in other parts. And there's a lot of repetition and reiteration and repeating (see what I did there) throughout the book which grates. I was surprised how many of the Simpsons creative team had arrived there from such deep mathematical (and other academic) disciplines and if you're a huge maths and Simpsons fan you'll enjoy reading this book and then thinking 'oh yeah, I remember that scene but hadn't noticed the equation'. On balance, great parts to the book but it could have been half the length.
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By Jet Lagged TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 13 Oct. 2013
Format: Hardcover
This is Simon Singh's latest book. Previous offerings include "Fermat's Last Theorem" and "The Code Book".

Many may be quite surprised to discover that there lies embedded in The Simpsons cartoon series a chunk-full of mathematics. What is not generally known is that several of the writers on The Simpsons are in fact respectable mathematicians. These writers have been, covertly or otherwise, smuggling maths into the episodes since the very beginning of the series. It's all been part of the fun. It doesn't interfere with the plot but it is mathematically amusing.

Now somebody, author Simon Singh, has spilt the beans. Singh took the trouble of going to L.A. to meet with the show's writers for this, his latest book. He found a writing team dedicated to inserting funny mathematical gags in the Simpsons' episodes. He then joined all the dots of this phenomenon and put it all together here for the reader.

Typically, he takes an episode of the Simpsons and locates any maths in it. Then he fleshes it out by giving the background to the maths mentioned therein. And he talks about the specific writers who came up with the idea. And what their mathematical interests are.

He also writes about the Futurama series. The same writers who have worked on The Simpsons have also worked on its sister series too.

Two mathematical examples will suffice:-

1. As early as the second episode of the first season, "Bart the Genius", a mathematical joke is featured involving the derivative of (y^3 )/3, where the "^" symbol stands for "to the power of" (You will have to get in touch with your inner geek to fully appreciate the joke.) Also in this episode Maggie amusingly makes E=Mc^2 with her pile of play bricks.

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All books by Simon Singh are superb and this is no exception. Witty, informative and well written, a hugely enjoyable book. Singh should be regarded as a national treasure for the ceaseless work he does in debunking myths and exposing charlatans (eg. chiropractors) at huge personal risk and cost, and the only way we can support him is by buying his books and speaking out.
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With his fascinating insight into the making of The Simpsons, Simon Singh presents the deft and subtle approach the writers take to initiate its audience into the world of mathematics and integrate it into their daily lives. This book excellently combined two of my passions: Simpsons and maths into an entertaining and fascinating tale of the writers origins and backgrounds; the vast majority beginning in STEM subjects and bringing their passion into the show's comedic writing. He also dedicates the later sections to Futurama which shares cores writers (David X. Cohen and Matt Groening.)

Unfortunately, the book lacked the full explanations of deeper and higher maths that I was expecting. For example, it touched on Fermat's last theorem, but lacked a satisfying explanation of the current proof. It is still an enjoyable and engaging read that provides an in depth look into the history of mathematics and The Simpson's behind-the-scenes.
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Brilliantly written and a must-have for any Simpsons fan! Easy to dip in and out of and it really gives you an insight into the fascinating world of Maths. Some really funny jokes and some really interesting facts. The stuff about infinity is especially interesting!

Great for all ages! My Son is especially enjoying it as he is studying A-Level Maths and a lot of it he is learning in Maths. He says it's great! 100% recommended!
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Brilliant, brilliant book and funny too.
Each chapter takes a different mathematical theme and talks about the Simpson's episodes that refer to it. Later chapters include other shows by the same writers.
You don't need a maths degree or even an A level to enjoy this book (I have neither), you just need to be interested in mathematical ideas and puzzles.
Probably suits anyone like that from around 14 years old and upwards.
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