Smithsonian Lecture: The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets

From the event listing: Simon Singh’s new book, The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets (Bloomsbury), takes a close look at all the math among the laughs in the show. Drawing on many memorable episodes from “Bart the Genius” to “Homer3,” Singh uncovers intriguing and meaningful mathematical concepts, ranging from the mathematics of pi and the paradox of infinity to the origin of numbers and even profound problems that haunt today’s mathematicians. In the process, he illuminates key moments in the history of mathematics—and “The Simpsons”—and introduces us to show’s brilliant writing team. It all adds up to some very brainy fun.

Singh is the author of Fermat’s Enigma, The Code Book, and The Big Bang. Copies of his book will be available for signing.

See for more information, and to purchase tickets. Tickets are $20 for Smithsonian members, $25 for non-members.

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