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The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets

Publication date:
November 4, 2021
Simon Singh
Simon Singh

Physicist, journalist and best-selling author with the first book about mathematics to become a No.1 bestseller in the UK

Simon Singh is author of the bestsellers Fermat's Enigma, The Code Book, and Big Bang. With The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets he gives fascinating new insights into the celebrated TV series The Simpsons: there's maths everywhere!

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.

Simon based the book on interviews with the writers, who themselves have various advanced degrees in mathematics, physics, and other sciences, and refines it with lots of images from the shows, facsimiles of scripts, paintings and drawings, and other imagery.


From Fermat’s Last Theorem to The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets

Math is all around us, you just need to look for it. And look he did. In this GOTO Book Club episode, Simon Singh, author of the best-sellers "Fermat's Last Theorem," "The Code Book," and "Big Bang" gives fascinating insights into the mathematical secrets embedded in the celebrated TV series The Simpsons. You'll learn how Simon started on the path to writing this story, and why he thinks it will be his last book.

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