Absolutely Australia's Lowest Prices

Shop over 1.5 Million Toys in our Huge New Range

The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets
By

Rating
You may have watched hundreds of episodes of "The Simpsons" (and its sister show "Futurama") without ever realizing that cleverly embedded in many plots are subtle references to mathematics, ranging from well-known equations to cutting-edge theorems and conjectures. That they exist, Simon Singh reveals, underscores the brilliance of the shows' writers, many of whom have advanced degrees in mathematics in addition to their unparalleled sense of humor. While recounting memorable episodes such as Bart the Genius and Homer3, Singh weaves in mathematical stories that explore everything from p to Mersenne primes, Euler's equation to the unsolved riddle of P v. NP; from perfect numbers to narcissistic numbers, infinity to even bigger infinities, and much more. Along the way, Singh meets members of "The Simpsons"' brilliant writing team-among them David X. Cohen, Al Jean, Jeff Westbrook, and Mike Reiss-whose love of arcane mathematics becomes clear as they reveal the stories behind the episodes. With wit and clarity, displaying a true fan's zeal, and replete with images from the shows, photographs of the writers, and diagrams and proofs, "The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets" offers an entirely new insight into the most successful show in television history."
Product Details

About the Author

Simon Singh received his Ph.D. in particle physics from the University of Cambridge. A former BBC producer, he directed the BAFTA Award-winning documentary Fermat's Last Theorem and wrote Fermat's Enigma, the bestselling book on the same subject. His bestseller The Code Book was the basis for the Channel 4 series The Science of Secrecy. His third book, Big Bang, was also a bestseller, and Trick or Treatment: The Undeniable Facts About Alternative Medicine, written with Edzard Ernst, gained widespread attention. Singh lives in London.

Reviews

"Highly entertaining." --Amir Alexendar, New York Times "Mathematical concepts both useful and obscure explained via the antics of America's favorite yellow family!" --Mental Floss "The clarity of his explanations is impressive, and there are some illuminating interviews with Simpsonswriters...this is 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? The writers of The Simpsons have slipped a multitude of mathematical references into the show. Simon Singh has fun weaving great mathematics stories around our favourite TV characters." --New Scientist Highly entertaining. "Amir Alexendar, New York Times" Mathematical concepts both useful and obscure explained via the antics of America's favorite yellow family! "Mental Floss" The clarity of his explanations is impressive, and there are some illuminating interviews with Simpsonswriters this is 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? The writers of The Simpsons have slipped a multitude of mathematical references into the show. Simon Singh has fun weaving great mathematics stories around our favourite TV characters. "New Scientist"" "Highly entertaining." -Amir Alexendar, "New York Times""Mathematical concepts both useful and obscure explained via the antics of America's favorite yellow family!" -"Mental Floss" "The clarity of his explanations is impressive, and there are some illuminating interviews with Simpsonsã writers...this is 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? The writers of The Simpsons have slipped a multitude of mathematical references into the show. Simon Singh has fun weaving great mathematics stories around our favourite TV characters.""""-New Scientist" "Mathematical concepts both useful and obscure explained via the antics of America's favorite yellow family!" -"Mental Floss """"The clarity of his explanations is impressive, and there are some illuminating interviews with Simpsonsã writers...this is 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? The writers of The Simpsons have slipped a multitude of mathematical references into the show. Simon Singh has fun weaving great mathematics stories around our favourite TV characters.""""-New Scientist"

Look for similar items by category
How Fishpond Works
Fishpond works with suppliers all over the world to bring you a huge selection of products, really great prices, and delivery included on over 25 million products that we sell. We do our best every day to make Fishpond an awesome place for customers to shop and get what they want — all at the best prices online.
Webmasters, Bloggers & Website Owners
You can earn a 5% commission by selling The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets on your website. It's easy to get started - we will give you example code. After you're set-up, your website can earn you money while you work, play or even sleep! You should start right now!
Authors / Publishers
Are you the Author or Publisher of a book? Or the manufacturer of one of the millions of products that we sell. You can improve sales and grow your revenue by submitting additional information on this title. The better the information we have about a product, the more we will sell!
Item ships from and is sold by Fishpond.com, Inc.
Back to top