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The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets Paperback – 25 Sep 2014
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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)
A valuable, entertaining book that, above all, celebrates a supremely funny, sophisticated show (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)
Singh shows just how addictive maths can be (BBC Focus)
From bestselling author of Fermat's Last Theorem, a must-have for number lovers and Simpsons fansSee all Product description
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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.
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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