You may have watched hundreds of episodes of The Simpsons (and its sister show, Futurama) without ever realizing that cleverly embedded in many plots are subtle references to mathematics, ranging from well-known equations to cutting-edge theorems and conjectures. That they exist, Simon Singh reveals, underscores the brilliance of the shows’ writers, many of whom have advanced degrees in mathematics in addition to their unparalleled senses of humour.

Simon Singh delves amongst the drawings for the mathematical secrets hidden in the series, as well as exploring the themes of some of his other books, from Fermat’s Last Theorem to The Code Book for an entertaining evening of exploration and discussion.

There”ll be a chance to put your questions to Simon Singh after the talk and we will also be joined by Professor Chris Budd OBE, from the Department of Mathematical Sciences. Chris’s outreach work is allied to his belief that the excitement and importance of mathetnatics and science should be communicated to as wide an audience as possible.

£10, £8 concs, £6 UoB students and under 18s.

 

 

Achieves the impossible and makes maths interesting for the numerically challenged.

The Times

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