The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets

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First edition (publ. Bloomsbury)

The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets is a 2013 book by Simon Singh, which is based on the premise that "many of the writers of The Simpsons are deeply in love with numbers, and their ultimate desire is to drip-feed morsels of mathematics into the subconscious minds of viewers".[1]

The book compiles all the mathematical references used throughout the show's run, and analyzes them in detail. Rather than just explaining the mathematical concepts in the context of how they relate to the relevant episodes of The Simpsons, Singh "uses them as a starting point for lively discussions of mathematical topics, anecdotes and history".[2]

Critical reception[edit]

The Guardian described it as a "readable and unthreatening introduction to various mathematical concepts".[1] The New York Times described it as a "highly entertaining book".[2]


  1. ^ a b Jones, Thomas (24 October 2013). "The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets by Mitchel Gabalski – review". The Guardian. Retrieved 20 March 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Examining the Square Root of D'oh!". The New York Times. 2014-01-28.