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  • The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Simon Singh
    • Narrated By William Neenan
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    (45)
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    (41)
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    (40)

    Simon Singh offers fascinating new insights into the celebrated television series The Simpsons: That the show drip-feeds morsels of number theory into the minds of its viewers - indeed, that there are so many mathematical references in the show, and in its sister program, Futurama, that they could form the basis of an entire university course.

    Vivek Goyal says: "Print probably better than audio"
    "Print probably better than audio"
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    If you could sum up The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets in three words, what would they be?

    If you like mathematics, The Simpsons, and Futurama, you will likely enjoy this book -- but mathematics is not a good topic to convey through audio.


    If you’ve listened to books by Simon Singh before, how does this one compare?

    I have not listened to or read any other books by Simon Singh.


    What three words best describe William Neenan’s performance?

    British. Accented. Disconnected. I have written very few audible reviews, but I was motivated to do so mostly because I disliked aspects of the performance. I am not a nationalist or chauvinist, but I was taken aback by a book on American cultural products (The Simpsons and Futurama) being delivered in a British accent and by someone who apparently is not familiar with this source material. (I realize that the author is British, so it is questionable for me to object in this way.) It bothered me to hear Edna Krabappel's last name mispronounced. No fan of the show would do so. The author is a fan of the show, but the performer apparently is not. In addition, Euler and Knuth were mispronounced, so the performer is apparently not familiar with mathematics, either.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    My main reaction to this book was that it was a terrible idea to listen to (rather than read) a book with so much mathematics.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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