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Publisher's Summary

Bloomsbury presents The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets by Simon Singh, read by Lexie McDougall.

You may have watched hundreds of episodes of The Simpsons (and its sister show Futurama) without ever realising that they contain enough maths to form an entire university course. In The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets, Simon Singh explains how the brilliant writers, some of the mathematicians, have smuggled in mathematical jokes throughout the cartoon’s 25-year history, exploring everything from p to Mersenne primes, from Euler’s equation to the unsolved riddle of P vs. NP, from perfect numbers to narcissistic numbers and much more.

With wit, clarity and a true fan’s zeal, Singh analyses such memorable episodes as ‘Bart the Genius’ and ‘Homer³’ to offer an entirely new insight into the most successful show in television history.

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©2013 Simon Singh (P)2021 Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

Critic Reviews

"Singh blows the lid off a decades-long conspiracy to secretly educate cartoon viewers." (David X Cohen, writer for The Simpsons and Futurama)

"An entertaining picture of the insanely high-minded nature of The Simpsons’ writers." (Sunday Times)

"Singh shows a knack for gliding seamlessly between abstract mathematical concepts and everyday life, always seeking out the most engaging, human and topical examples. Singh’s clean prose, detailed research and enthusiasm for the world of numbers are likely to captivate even those for whom maths normally creates feelings of anxiety rather than mirth." (The Times)

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