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  • Broché: 272 pages
  • Editeur : Bloomsbury Publishing PLC; Édition : Reprint (14 octobre 2014)
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 1620402785
  • ISBN-13: 978-1620402788
  • Dimensions du produit: 13,9 x 1,8 x 20,9 cm
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1 internautes sur 1 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile  Par Ivor Sicula sur 20 novembre 2013
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
Having stumbled on 'the code book' and then avidly reading anything else by Simon Singh, I was excited to hear he had a new book out.

As ever, it is an engaging read, witty, scientific and well explained. However I have to say that there is something decidedly missing. I believe the author had a lot of fun writing this book, and this shows through.

However all the previous books wholly written by this author to date have all had a single theme and destination. I believe the jumping around of many topics and not having a definitive subject (other than watching hundreds and dissecting tens of episodes) is a real crimp.

That being said for the geeky types in general that have not read his previous works, and for the Simpsons fan with a mathematical bent, please buy, read, enjoy.

Its a great book by a normal author standard, just not up to Mr Singh's usual enthralling science adventure.
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HOMER'S SECRET MATH 13 octobre 2013
Par Jet Lagged - Publié sur
Format: Broché
This is Simon Singh's latest book. Previous offerings include "Fermat's Enigma" and "The Code Book".

Many may be quite surprised to discover that there lies embedded in The Simpsons cartoon series a chunk-full of mathematics. What is not generally known is that several of the writers on The Simpsons are in fact respectable mathematicians. These writers have been, covertly or otherwise, smuggling maths into the episodes since the very beginning of the series. It's all been part of the fun.

Now somebody, author Simon Singh, has spilt the beans. Singh took the trouble of going to L.A. to meet with the show's writers for this, his latest book. He found a writing team dedicated to inserting funny mathematical gags in the Simpsons' episodes. He then joined all the dots of this phenomenon and put it all together here for the reader.

Typically, he takes an episode of the Simpsons and locates any maths in it. Then he fleshes it out by giving the background to the maths mentioned therein. And he talks about the specific writers who came up with the idea. And what their mathematical interests are.

He also writes about the Futurama series. The same writers who have worked on The Simpsons have also worked on its sister series too.

Two mathematical examples will suffice:-

1. As early as the second episode of the first season, "Bart the Genius", a mathematical joke is featured involving the derivative of (y^3 )/3, where the "^" symbol stands for "to the power of" (You will have to get in touch with your inner geek to fully appreciate the joke.) Also in this episode Maggie amusingly makes E=Mc^2 with her pile of play bricks.

2. In another episode the screen at the baseball game gives 3 different numbers for the attendance figure. These numbers just happen to be 8191, 8128, 8208. These numbers are certainly not random.

8191 is a Mersenne prime.

And 8128 is a Perfect number. (It is in fact the fourth perfect number. The preceding three are 6, 28 and 496). A Perfect number is a number whose divisors' sum equals the number itself.

For example, 6 has three divisors 1, 2 and 3. (We don't count 6, the actual number itself, as a divisor).
And 1+ 2+ 3 = 6. The next Perfect number, 28, has the divisors 1,2,4,7, and 14. Similarly 1+ 2 + 4 + 7 + 14 = 28

Perfect numbers are quite rare - so 8128's appearance tells you something is afoot. (The next, fifth, Perfect number is eight digits long).

And the third number on the big board is 8208 - what is called a narcissistic number.

There are four digits in it:- 8, 2, 0 and 8.

And 8^4 + 2^4 + 0^4 + 8^4 = 4096 + 16 + 0 + 4096 = 8208.

(Again, I'm using "^" for "to the power of". Example 8^4 = 8x8x8x8 ).

The number seems to be self absorbed or in love with itself. Hence the term "narcissistic number" is applied to it.

I would guess that the odds of these three numbers appearing together like this, at random, would be approximately nil.

So the next time you see Homer doing something at a blackboard, other than drinking Duff beer, pay attention!

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One thing bothered Singh however. He could not figure out the significance of the number of the Simpson's house:- 742, Evergreen Terrace. What was the big deal with the number 742? When he finally asked the creators of its significance, they told him "Simon, it's just a number!"

But I respectfully disagree. Perhaps it is a mathematical Freudian slip, but 742 reversed is 247. And we all know that "24/7" (spoken as "twenty four seven") is an abbreviation which stands for "24 hours a day, 7 days a week". With the popularity of the Simpsons series could the significance of 24/7 be more obvious? There is always an episode of the Simpsons on somewhere, morning, noon or night.
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Interesting, but for a limited audience 5 janvier 2014
Par D. Johnson - Publié sur
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
This book is a bit of a dichotomy. It is written for those at least somewhat interested in mathematics, but it assumes the reader doesn't know that much about math. And those that know mathematics will be bored by much of the book, as it explains mathematical principles with which they would already be well acquainted.

The book devotes quite a lot of its pages to explaining mathematical concepts. And not nearly enough citing examples from the show. So what you end up with is a book that is only really interesting to those that have at least a basic understanding of mathematics, but aren't interested enough to have pursued math at a high level.

Overall the book doesn't really cite that many examples of math from the TV series. Much more time is spent explaining the concepts behind it. And it also spends a considerable amount of time talking about Futurama rather than the Simpsons, so its name is a little bit deceptive. Based on the name you'd almost assume that there are countless examples of math showing up in the show, but there really aren't that many. For every 5 pages of explanation, you get maybe a paragraph or two citing an example.

So if you get this book, go into it knowing that you probably won't see as many references to the show as you'd like, and be prepared to wade through long descriptions of the principles cited.
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Great Fun and Quite Informative 26 novembre 2013
Par G. Poirier - Publié sur
Format: Relié
As an avid Simpsons fan, I have always been impressed by the many mathematical and scientific cameos in many of the Simpsons episodes. Now, having breathlessly read this wonderful book, I know why: many of the writers are mathematicians and scientists who have taken every opportunity to enrich episodes with appropriate tidbits to tickle the minds of the mathematically inclined.

In this book, the author, a scientist and science populariser, has explored the various branches of mathematics that have made cameo appearances in Simpsons episodes. These include to varying degrees: calculus, number theory, probability and statistics, algebra, geometry, topology and more. Select Simpsons episodes are described, setting the scene for the mathematical inputs. These are carefully and clearly explained along with much elaboration and further examples, thus making the book accessible to a wide readership. Roughly the last third of the book is devoted to Futurama, a Simpsons sister series. Here, the various characters are identified, story plots are also described and mathematical snippets are similarly elaborated upon. As a bonus, the author has included material describing how the Simpsons script writers, especially those with strong mathematical/scientific backgrounds, have come upon this interesting career choice.

The author has a very friendly, lively and engaging writing style. This book should appeal to a broad population, especially if they are Simpsons fans. Mathematics enthusiasts who are also Simpsons fans should be in for a treat.
10 internautes sur 12 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Math, humor and pop culture 3 novembre 2013
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
This book will please those who enjoy both math and good sitcoms. The book is well written with numerous references to several shows from the last 20 years. It is really remarkable the amount of math talent in the Simpsons' creative team. The book is not really a deep treatise on mathematics but has excellent pointers and references that can guide the reader to study some of them in further reading. Take it as a good and light scientific reading for a weekend and you'll have a good time.
If you get the book's jokes you are entitled to some kind of Ph.D. on math humor so don't skip the tests ... I didn't get the PhD but at least a got good scores up to the MsC on math humor.
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A Quick and Interesting Read 25 novembre 2013
Par Demandred the Great ( - Publié sur
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
A little light compared to SIngh's excellent previous work (in terms of both Simpsons and mathematical content), but highly enjoyable nonetheless.
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