Simon Singh

The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets

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Be nice to nerds. Chances are you’ll end up working for one.
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obeyed a binary law
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deserve credit more generally for making
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high on the agenda
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references to sophisticated concepts
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to belittle the newbie.
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harnessed for the glory
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sucks her pacifier
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earn The Simpsons a special place in the hearts of
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Be there or be a regular quadrilateral
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steer baseball teams to victory,
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paved the way for
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punning was born. Jones chose π because it is the initial letter of the Greek word περιφέρεια (periphereia), meaning circumference.

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prime number p is labeled a Germain prime if 2p + 1 is also prime.
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the biologists bundle into the toilet. One of the statisticians secretly follows them, knocks on the toilet door and asks: “Tickets please!” The biologists slip the ticket under the door. The statistician takes the ticket, dashes into another toilet with his colleagues, and waits for the real inspector. The moral of the story is simple: “Don’t use a statistical technique that you don’t understand.”
—ANONYMOUS
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Fred Menger wrote: “If you torture data sufficiently, it will confess to almost anything.”
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“There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.
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A mathematician is a machine for turning coffee into theorems.
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It’s about these guys who buy a truckload of watermelons at a dollar apiece and then they go across town and sell them for a dollar apiece. At the end of the day, they have no money and the one guy says, ‘We should have bought a bigger truck.’”
Oxana Tulpinovahas quoted5 years ago
The Simpsons is arguably the most successful television show in history. Inevitably, its global appeal and enduring popularity have prompted academics (who tend to overanalyze everything) to identify the subtext of the series and to ask some profound questions. What are the hidden meanings of Homer’s utterances about doughnuts and Duff beer? Do the spats between Bart and Lisa symbolize something beyond mere sibling bickering? Are the writers of The Simpsons using the residents of Springfield to explore political or social controversies?
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