Thursday, July 10, 2014

The Simpsons and their Mathematical Secrets by Simon Singh

Until I read this book I was unaware of the sprinkling of mathematics in the Simpsons.

The book discusses the mathematicians on the writing teams of the Simpsons and Futurama. I must say that I was surprised to learn that most of the writers on these programmes are graduates or postgraduates of mathematics or physics.

It is an excellent book for a layman as all the mathematics is explained in detailed.

My reservation is that the book is a series of detached mathematical stories whose only common theme is that these stories appeared in the Simpsons or Futurama. Also these mathematical stories are so common that if you have read any mathematical popular book you would have come across them. So nothing new here.

However I do think any serious mathematics student should purchase this book as it provides good motivation to study mathematics at undergraduate level.