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November 7, 2013

Seattle: The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets

Double feature! Admission to this event also gains access to Donald Fagen of Steely Dan: ‘Eminent Hipsters,

 

5.30pm

Date: November 7, 2013
Venue: Great Hall;
Address:
enter on Eighth Avenue, Seattle, United States
Cost:

November 6, 2013

Smithsonian, Washington DC

The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets

 

The fictional show writers on “30 Rock” weren’t exactly the smartest collection of scribes. But step into the real-life writers’ room of “The Simpsons” and you’re likely to find a comedy genius or two—literally. That show’s writing team of David X. Cohen, Al Jean, Jeff Westbrook, and Stewart Burns all have various advanced degrees in mathematics, physics, and other sciences. 

The iconic series has injected morsels of number theory into episodes since its first season—in fact, there are so many mathematical references in the show and its sister program Futurama that they could form the basis of a university course. Simon Singh’s new book, The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets (Bloomsbury), takes a close look at all the math among the laughs in the show.

7pm

S. Dillon Ripley Center
1100 Jefferson Drive, SW
Metro: Smithsonian Mall Exit (Blue/Orange)

Date: November 6, 2013

October 24, 2013

Guildford: The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets

7pm, 24 October

Simon Singh, best-selling author of ‘Fermat’s Last Theorem’ and ‘The Code Book’, will discuss his forthcoming book ‘The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets’. He will explain how a team of mathematically gifted writers have covered everything from calculus to geometry, from pi to game theory, and from infinitesimals to infinity in various episodes of The Simpsons. Singh will also discuss how the writers of Futurama have similarly made it their mission to smuggle deep mathematical ideas into the series.

The Guildford Literary Festival

More info at http://www.guildfordbookfestival.co.uk/index.php?page=Simon-Singh

Date: October 24, 2013
Venue: School of Management Lecture Theatre
Address:
University of Surrey, Guildford
Cost:

October 23, 2013

Edinburgh: The Simpsons And Their Mathematical Secrets

More information at http://www.hw.ac.uk/news-events/events/simpsons-mathematical-secrets-simon-singh-13147.htm

For university staff and students, as well as for schools.

 

2pm

Date: October 23, 2013
Venue: James Watt Centre I, Heriot-Watt University
Address:
Edinburgh Campus, Edinburgh, EH14 4AS

October 22, 2013

Southbank, London

The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets

Date: October 22, 2013

October 21, 2013

Chester: The Simpsons And Their Mathematical Secrets

More information at:

http://www.chesterliteraturefestival.co.uk/blog/portfolio/simon-singh-the-simpsons-their-mathematical-secrets/

7.30pm, 21 Oct, University of Chester

Simon Singh, author of Fermat’s Last Theorem and Big Bang, talks about his latest book, which explores mathematical themes hidden in The Simpsons. Everyone knows that The Simpsons is the most successful show in television history, but very few people realise that its team of mathematically gifted writers have used the show to explore everything from calculus to geometry, from pi to game theory, and from infinitesimals to infinity. Singh will also discuss how writers of Futurama have similarly made it their missions to smuggle deep mathematical ideas into the series.

Date: October 21, 2013
Venue: Chester University

October 20, 2013

Sheffield – The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets

https://www.facebook.com/events/510089862405614/

20 October, 1pm (Off the Shelf Festival)

The Foundry, University of Sheffield Students’ Union, Western Bank, S10
Tickets £7.50/£6 (cons)

Tickets via http://tickets.sheffieldstudentsunion.com/ents/event/5255/

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

 

Date: October 20, 2013

Leeds SitP: The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets

Simon Singh, author of Fermat’s Last Theorem and Big Bang, talks about his latest book, which explores mathematical themes hidden in The Simpsons. Everyone knows that The Simpsons is the most successful show in television history, but very few people realise that its team of mathematically gifted writers have used the show to explore everything from calculus to geometry, from pi to game theory, and from infinitesimals to infinity. Singh will also discuss how writers of Futurama have similarly made it their missions to smuggle deep mathematical ideas into the series.

 

Sunday, 20 October 2013 18:00

Leeds Skeptics in the Pub

Victoria Hotel
28 Great George Street
Leeds
LS1 3DL

£2.50 donation suggested

Date: October 20, 2013

October 18, 2013

Belfast: The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets

Simon Singh, best-selling author of ‘Fermat’s Last Theorem’ and ‘The Code Book’, will discuss his forthcoming book ‘The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets’. He will explain how a team of mathematically gifted writers have covered everything from calculus to geometry, from pi to game theory, and from infinitesimals to infinity in various episodes of The Simpsons. Singh will also discuss how the writers of Futurama have similarly made it their mission to smuggle deep mathematical ideas into the series.

Part of the Belfast Festival

7.30pm

£6 (£4)

Date: October 18, 2013
Venue: Crescent Arts Centre
Address:
Belfast

October 14, 2013

Cambridge

The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets

 

Organised by the Cambridge University Physics Society & the Archimedeans.

Open to all (i.e., generall public very welcome) & free.

8pm

 

http://physics.soc.srcf.net/wiki/index.php?title=Mathematics_and_the_Simpsons

Date: October 14, 2013
Venue: Bristol-Myers Squibb Lecture Theatre
Address:
Chemistry Dept, Lensfield Road, Cambridge, United Kingdom