MITS: S1 Ep1

Hello Guys! You were probably staring at the title thinking “what the heck!” because I know I would! But basically every Monday is classed as “Mathematical Monday” and every Mathematical Monday I hope to bring you an episode of an original blog series (made by me) called …

imageSo tune in every Monday (5:00 BST) to get your weekly episode of a fun new blog series! These “episodes” are just posts, not videos, and if the first series is successful – and I still have loads to write about – then why should I not make more! So that’s been a quick explanation for Maths in the Simpsons so now let’s get onto the post …

S1 Ep1: Maths in the Simpsons?!

I name this episode Maths in the Simpsons?! as a question because I know a lot of you didn’t know how much Maths the Simpson’s are secretly cramming into our brains so for the first episode I am going to tackle why the Simpsons does include maths …

Most of the important writers and producers met up at Harvard University together and guess what they studied …
Maths! Many of them have PhDs in subjects like physics and mathematics so they decided to express their inner geek in subtle ways in the hilarious episodes.

They have kept their passion for numbers throughout the seasons and with the tradition from Academia to FOX they kept their love for Maths alive by slyly adding in geeky jokes (we will look at some of the jokes later in future posts).

Al Jean described comedy as very Mathematical! It needs precision and control.
“Coming up with a good joke is often like doing a proof,” says Jean.
And this is his excuse for hinting Mathematical theories into the much loved and longest running sitcom!

So you can see the reason why the Simpsons is crammed with genius ideas and jokes hinting at  complicated theories – like Fermat’s Last Theorem – is all down to the writers being extremely intelligent and having degrees in Mathematical based subjects.

So now you want to know what these clever jokes are don’t you? Well I will leave you hanging but for you geeks out there he is a funny joke that I will explain later in the blog series …

… So now you know why the Simpsons is crammed with Maths, tune in next week to get another post for this new blog series! Enjoy the introduction? Left on a hangover? Sound off in the comments and we love hearing from you!

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8 thoughts on “MITS: S1 Ep1

  1. looking forward to your blog. there’s a great book out about the academic background of the writers & the math that shows up in the episodes. “the simpsons and their mathematical secrets” by simon singh

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  2. Very interesting! I have noticed the math jokes but never knew that writers and producers were mathematicians or physicists! Regarding the ‘joke of the day’, nice way to use imaginary numbers. Took me right back to Calculus 3 (something I believe should be equivalent to MATH 301, advanced calculus) classes from college… I’m an engineer myself. 🙂 Looking forward the next post. Regards from Brazil!

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