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Par N F le 11 février 2017
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You have to read this book. The reading is easy and interesting for people who don't know a lot about math (like me!). I 100% recommend it!
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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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Par Dougy147 le 24 juillet 2016
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Simon Singh, (auteur de Histoire des codes secrets [un livre qui vaut le coup d'oeil]), revient avec un ouvrage léger, dévoilant les références aux mathématiques issues de l’univers de Springfield. L’équipe de Matt Groening recèle de passionnés de mathématiques, tous plus diplômés les uns que les autres, qui ne résistent pas à l’envie d’aborder de manière subliminale leurs sujets favoris.

Bien pour la détente, mais on survole les différents thèmes plutôt qu’on ne les approfondit.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Interesting, but for a limited audience 5 janvier 2014
Par D. Johnson - Publié sur Amazon.com
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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.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Who would have thought that "The Simpsons" contained mathematics secrets? Well, they do, and this book shows them brilliantly! 11 février 2015
Par Kiwiwriter - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
Until I read this book, I had no idea that "The Simpsons" had serious mathematical equations, theories, and secrets in the show. I knew that the show has all kind of movie and cultural references, but not mathematical.

So the book astonished me. It also fascinated my daughter, who is a computer science major, and she was very grateful to receive this as a birthday present.

It shows that cartoons and pop culture shows can contain more than just gags and obvious messages -- if you look carefully, you can learn all kinds of unusual, interesting, and entertaining information.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Another great book by Simon Singh 13 janvier 2014
Par Colin Povey - Publié sur Amazon.com
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If you have never read a book by SImon Singh, Ph.D., you are in for a treat. Probably the most intelligent author working today (that Ph.D. is not in English or writing, it's in theoretical physics, and from Cambridge University, the home of Sir Issac Newton, James Clerk Maxwell, Charles Darwin, Watson and Crick (DNA), Stephen Hawking, and most of the members of Monty Pythons Flying Circus, amongst many, many others).

In this book, he demonstrates how much high-level math and science has been integrated into the Simpsons (yes, the Simpsons, as in Bart, Homer, Marge, Lisa, etc.), as well as their sister show, Futurama. It turns out that both shows writing staffs are filled with scientists and especially mathematicians, mostly graduate level mathematicians.

Sometimes the science or math humor shows up in little things, like names of books, or notes on blackboards. But some entire episodes have been built around math puzzles or oddities.

The book is no list of math bits in the shows. Instead, Singh explores the main bits in depth, leading to an understanding of math, the humor behind the math, and the cartooning (why animated people almost always have 4 instead of 5 fingers, for example).

I read it in the KIndle version, and this is the reason for 4 instead of 5 stars. Many of the examples will zoom when double clicked on my new (December 2013) Kindle paperwhite, to make them more readable, but a few would not, which is the only reason for the lower rating.

ATTENTION KINDLE PEOPLE: You have to see the picture to fully understand it! Why is it so hard to make pictures and drawings big enough to read? Hello, this is the ONLY gripe I have with my Paperwhite!

Highly enjoyable, as are all other books by Dr. Singh. Highly, highly recommended.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 In case you were wondering how the Harlem Globetrotters managed to get everyone's mind back in the correct body. 28 novembre 2016
Par T. Paris - Publié sur Amazon.com
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An enjoyable but quick read. Part biography of some of the writers, part Simpsons/Futurama trivia, with just enough of the real mathematics to be interesting. A few times the explanation of the mathematical principles started to get overly technical, but you don't need to understand the math to appreciate the book. For someone who is interested in complex mathematical problems, this book provides a nice introduction with references in the back to allow them to learn all the details. Of course, the reader must be a Simpsons fan or else there is really no point to the book.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 There are two types of people: Jocks and Nerds. This book is for Nerds. 26 janvier 2014
Par D Piddy - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I am a die-hard Simpsons fan, and while I'm no mathemagician, I do find numbers interesting. This book presents some really interesting mathematical concepts inspired by or visible on the show. It is written in a very easy to read format, and you do not need to be a math wizard to enjoy the book. However, while most of the math is explained in a simplified manner, I feel like those who do understand the mathematics will have a better appreciation for the text.

In addition to the mathematics, you also learn some cool trivia about the show and some of its uber-nerd writers. (I do wish Swartwelder was a math genius, because he's awesome- but sadly, he doesn't get much mention in this book)

There were a few mentions of episodes from newer seasons, but I was pleased to see that the majority of the book focused on earlier episodes. In fact, the first chapter takes a detailed look at the "har-dee-har-har" calculus problem from Season One's "Bart The Genius."

One thing to note- the last few chapters deal exclusively with Groening's other show, Futurama. This isn't a bad thing- it's a logical extension of the book, and Futurama has even more nerdiness in it than the Simpsons- it was just unexpected. I feel like you could easily devote a whole book to Futurama, not just a few chapters.

For anyone with even a remote appreciation of numbers and a love for the Simpsons, this book would be a great purchase. Even if you aren't into the whole math thing, you will read some great stories about the history of the show.
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