The Simpsons Is “The Most Mathematical TV Show Ever”

 Some of the mathematical intrigues that have appeared on 'The Simpsons' over the years.

What’s the first thing to pop into your head when you think of The Simpsons? Maths? Nope, didn’t think so! Well, according to Professor Stephen Buckley, the head of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth, or NUIM, his colleague, Dr Simon Singh, certainly thinks so!

According to Professor Buckley, he’s always noticed the odd maths equation in The Simpsons, but was surprised when Dr. Singh proclaimed it to be “the most mathematical TV show ever”.

Not convinced yet? Let’s look at some examples of where maths made an appearance in The Simpsons without us even noticing;

  • The local cinema is the Googolplex. A googolplex is one of the largest named numbers in mathematics
  • The title of Lisa Simpson’s book in one episode is an equation known as Euler’s identity, often described as the most beautiful equation in mathematics
  • The equation P=NP is mentioned in one episode: This is shorthand for a problem so difficult that if you solve it, you’ll be instantly famous and win $1 million!


Original Article: The Irish Examiner


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