New Book Wednesday – Animated Edition

This was one of the books I enjoyed most this summer

simpsonsThe Simpsons and their Mathematical Secrets tells the story of the Math geeks behind The Simpsons. Seriously. An inordinate number of Simpsons writers have advanced degrees in Mathematics from places like Harvard, Princeton, and Berkley. Many were researchers before joining the Simpsons team.

As a result, the entire series is peppered with Math jokes. Some can be obvious, others are subtle and meant as a nod to the Math geeks who watch the show. This books chronicles the Math jokes and looks at how they were developed and how they were received. It’s even theorized that Math geeks write better jokes because they see it as a process (and like to show their work!).

If you’re a Simpsons fan and have any appreciation for Math, I highly recommend this book!

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