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What's Science Ever Done for Us?


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Introduction: Learning Science From Springfield's Nuclear Family. PART ONE: IT'S ALIVE! 1. The Simpson Gene. 2. You Say Tomato, I Say Tomacco. 3. Blinky, The Three-Eyed Fish. 4. Burns' Radiant Glow. 5. We All Live In A Cell-Sized Submarine. 6. Lisa's Recipe For Life. 7. Look Homer-Ward Angel. PART TWO: MECHANICAL PLOTS. 8. D'ohs Ex Machina. 9. Perpetual Commotion. 10. Dude, I'm An Android. 11. Rules For Robots. 12. Chaos In Cartoonland. 13. Fly In The Ointment. PART THREE: NO TIME TO DOHS. 14. Clockstopping. 15. A Toast To The Past. 16. Frinking About The Future. PART FOUR: SPRINGFIELD, THE UNIVERSE, AND BEYOND. 17. Lisa's Scoping Skills. 18. Diverting Rays. 19. The Plunge Down Under. 20. If Astrolabes Could Talk. 21. Cometary Cowabunga. 22. Homer's Space Odyssey. 23. Could This Really Be The End? 24. Foolish Earthlings. 25. Is The Universe A Donut? 26. The Third Dimension Of Homer. Inconclusion: The Journey Continues. Acknowledgments. The Simpsons Movie Handy Science Checklist. Scientifically Relevant Episodes Discussed in This Book. Notes. Further Information Index.

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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.


" fast paced and slick as the show [The Simpsons]". Cosmos May 2008

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