The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets

  • by Simon Singh
  • Narrated by William Neenan
  • 7 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The brainy new book by the best-selling author of Fermat’s Enigma a must for anyone interested in numbers and mathematics as well as for the millions of Simpsons fans worldwide.
Simon Singh offers fascinating new insights into the celebrated television series The Simpsons: That the show drip-feeds morsels of number theory into the minds of its viewers - indeed, that there are so many mathematical references in the show, and in its sister program, Futurama, that they could form the basis of an entire university course.
Recounting memorable episodes from “Bart the Genius” to “Homer3,” Singh brings alive intriguing and meaningful mathematical concepts - ranging from the mathematics of pi and the paradox of infinity to the origins of numbers and the most profound outstanding problems that haunt today’s generation of mathematicians. In the process, he illuminates key moments in the history of mathematics, and introduces us to The Simpsons’ brilliant writing team - the likes of David X. Cohen, Al Jean, Jeff Westbrook, and Stewart Burns, all of whom have various advanced degrees in mathematics, physics, and other sciences.
Based on interviews with the writers of The Simpsons and replete with images from the shows, facsimiles of scripts, paintings and drawings, and other imagery, The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets will give anyone who reads it an entirely new mathematical insight into the most successful show in television history.
PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

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Must buy for any hardcore Simpsons fan.

Excellent book, highly recommended for any fans of Simpsons and Futurama who also have an appreciation for the mathematical subtleties underlying both series. I walked away from this with a much deeper appreciation for the series and the writers. The author also does an excellent job in providing historical context and significance for each of the references.

However, I wish there were an easy way to download the accompanying pdf of book excerpts on my phone, since the narrator refers to these throughout the book. This of course is not an issue with thr book itself, but rather the App.

The narrator does a fine job, but occasionally butchers the pronunciation of some prominent names.
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Great read

Great read. Futurama stuff is good on the book. Narrator could have been more enthusiastic.
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- michelle

Book Details

  • Release Date: 29-10-2013
  • Publisher: Audible Studios for Bloomsbury