20 October, 1pm (Off the Shelf Festival)
The Foundry, University of Sheffield Students’ Union, Western Bank, S10
Tickets £7.50/£6 (cons)
The Simpsons is probably the most successful show in television history. It also contains enough sophisticated mathematics to form a university course. All twenty-five series are peppered with references to theorems, conjectures and equations. Bestselling author Simon Singh investigates the maths that infiltrates The Simpsons and makes sense of the complex mathematical jokes that litter the show. He meets the writing team – comedy geniuses who also happen to hold an array of diplomas in supergeeky subjects like biochemistry and throws light on the history of maths and the problems that still haunt today’s generation of number theorists.
D’oh! Simon Singh has a PhD in particle physics from the University of Cambridge. A former BBC producer and BAFTA Award-winning documentary director, he is the author of the bestselling Fermat’s Last Theorem, Big Bang and The Code Book which was the basis for the BBC series The Science of Secrecy.
In collaboration with University of Sheffield Students’ Union