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Wellington writer Simon sums up the Simpsons
12:00pm Wednesday 30th October 2013 in News
AN author from Wellington has been getting under the bonnet of one of the world’s most successful TV shows.
Simon Singh reveals how the writers of The Simpsons have been smuggling mathematics into America’s longest- running sitcom in his latest book.
He says the series contains enough mathematics to form a university course, making it secretly a useful learning resource.
Speaking about the launch of The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets, Simon said: “I have always been a fan of The Simpsons and I have always been a fan of mathematics so, once I realised that so many of the writers of The Simpsons were mathematicians, I could not resist writing about it.
“The writers smuggle in lots of mathematical jokes and references into the show, so this is a great opportunity to use pop culture to explore some really fascinating numbers and theorems.”
After being born and brought up in Somerset, Simon Singh attended Wellington School and completed a PhD in physics at Cambridge University.
He wrote Fermat’s Last Theorem – the first book about mathematics to become a No 1 bestseller in the UK – and has now returned to writing about numbers but, this time, in relation to Homer, Marge and the rest of the residents of Springfield.
Simon met some of the writers and, using specific episodes as jumping-off points, he brings to life mathematical concepts.
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