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"The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets", Simon Singh

Publisher's description: 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. That they exist, Simon Singh reveals, underscores the brilliance of the shows' writers, many of whom have advanced degrees in mathematics in addition to their unparalleled sense of humor.

While recounting memorable episodes such as “Bart the Genius” and “Homer3,” Singh weaves in mathematical stories that explore everything from p to Mersenne primes, Euler's equation to the unsolved riddle of P v. NP; from perfect numbers to narcissistic numbers, infinity to even bigger infinities, and much more. Along the way, Singh meets members of The Simpsons' brilliant writing team-among them David X. Cohen, Al Jean, Jeff Westbrook, and Mike Reiss-whose love of arcane mathematics becomes clear as they reveal the stories behind the episodes.

With wit and clarity, displaying a true fan's zeal, and replete with images from the shows, photographs of the writers, and diagrams and proofs, The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets offers an entirely new insight into the most successful show in television history.

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  • Kailin H.

    Sorry totally got flooded by work tonight and the place is 45 minutes drive so failed to catch it:/

    September 30, 2015

    • Jeffrey C. J.

      BTW, try to let us know before the meeting ends at 20:00 (8 pm) next time as technically we consider that a no show but as you're new and did let us know soon after I've just marked you as not attending.

      September 30, 2015

    • Kailin H.

      I will keep that in mind, thanks Jeff!

      1 · September 30, 2015

  • Tracey

    Not going to make it tonight. I hope y’all have great discussion!

    1 · September 30, 2015

    • Jeffrey C. J.

      Oh, sorry Tracey! Hope to see you next month. Man, that book is a slog though!

      September 30, 2015

  • Kailin H.

    Hi! Newbie check in! What's the agenda like for the book club? I haven't actually read the book but I have checked the website, will that work?

    1 · September 29, 2015

    • Jeffrey C. J.

      Yes, you don't have to read the book to come, but to follow the discussion the videos help. We go around the table and ask what everyone liked and didn't like then we have a free-form discussion.

      September 29, 2015

  • Jeffrey C. J.

    Yay! Two Audiobooks in a row!

    August 11, 2015

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