Title: The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets
Author: Simon Singh
Page Count/Review Word Count: 262
This interesting little non-fiction book has caused something of a stir here in High Wycombe, because Simon Singh and his associates have appeared to speak at a couple of events. I actually bought this book (a signed copy) at a discounted rate of a fiver after attending a Skeptics in the Pub event, and I’m glad that I did.
Loosely speaking, the book takes a look at all of the different ways in which The Simpsons has used mathematics, either as a part of a story line or as the punch line of a joke. It might sound like an obscure concept, but there are a number of highly-qualified mathematicians on the writing team for the show, and there are far more mathematical jokes than you might expect.
And it’s not just The Simpsons, either – Singh also investigates the mathematical references in Futurama, which is already well-known for its accuracy when dealing with science and science fiction. Again, there’s a lot to learn about, and the interesting thing is that you pick up little bits of information here and there, and you feel almost like a mathematician at the end of it. Not quite, but almost.
So would I recommend it? For sure, if you’re interested in mathematics or if you like The Simpsons. Better still, if you like both then this book is definitely for you. Either way. I think most would enjoy it.