Book review: The Simpsons and their Mathematical Secrets by Simon Singh

Image by Richard Cooper (CC BY-NC 2.0)

Image by Richard Cooper (CC BY-NC 2.0)

The Simpsons and their Mathematical Secrets is a light-hearted look at the mathematics hidden in the popular animated TV shows The Simpsons and Futurama. The author Simon Singh — a big fan, and best selling author of books including Fermat’s Last Theorem  — highlights some of the many mathematical story lines and jokes that appear in the shows, taking care to explain the concepts for a general audience. The surprisingly large volume of mathematics in both shows is due to the mathematical backgrounds of many of the writers involved, many of whom worked in academia before joining the shows. For me, the book was a fun reminder of mathematics I had previously learnt and an introduction to other concepts I had not come across before. I really enjoyed reading this book and would highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys watching the shows. For an in depth review follow this link.

Check out reviews for other books I have read recently on my book reviews page.

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