Simon Singh – The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets

Mathematics, Learning and Technology

Simposon & Their Mathematical Secrets - Simon SinghIn Simon Singh’s ‘The Simpson’s and Their Mathematical Secrets”, recently published in paperback Simon explains how writers have included mathematical jokes throughout the cartoon’s twenty-five year history. Here Simon Singh answers some questions I put to him.

I love the scene with Lisa surrounded by all her books including the one with Euler’s identity! I suppose if I had to pick a favourite mathematics reference in The Simpsons, then it would be that one – do you have a favourite?
It has to be Fermat’s last theorem, which appears in two episodes, namely “Treehouse of Horror VI” and “The Wizard of Evergreen Terrace”. My first book was all about Fermat’s notorious problem, so it is close to my heart and seeing it make cameo appearances in the world’s favorite TV show was very exciting. I guess I need to get out more.

In both episodes, we see an equation which seems…

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