As one of my other favorite cartoon characters would say, it’s time to get Mathematical!
Why is that? Well, Bunny got all geeky for us today with Pi Day and some funny stuff involving pie and my nerdiness made a sudden resurgence. Ok, it was probably already there but I felt it more keenly.
First off, in all fairness, I’m not that great at Math, but once upon a time I was. I could write a long post about a certain teacher that thought Wookiees shouldn’t be in advanced math and the resultant boredom of repeating pre-Algebra coupled with a young discovery that education is sometimes treated as state-sponsored childcare for working parents resulting in a certain ennui when it came to subjects I wasn’t fond of. Sorry Math, we had a good run but like most simple ideas in life such as you and romance, it just got too complicated.
Basically… 2n + 2n is 4n to me… lol
Woo hoo! I’m already rambling and I just started! So, getting back to the point just like a decimal, a lot of us Simpsons nerds know that the writers of the Best. Show. Ever. are actually huge math geeks. We’re talking PHDs, prestigious schools and advanced theory here. The result is some really funny insertions of math into the show.
Gotta love Martin’s mathematical bed sheets.
I have a friend or two that would try to explain to you how mathematical logic is like a drug. Thanks to the Simpsons, we know that drug is Crystal Math. Sounds addictive.
In the Treehouse of Horror VI segment when Homer goes all 3D, there’s math floating everywhere. This blew my mind back in 1995. Crazy to think how far this technology has gone since then.
I love when I get one of the jokes that’s a little more complex that Frink stating Pi is exactly 3.
Alright, feeling SMRTer yet? While thinking of ideas for this post, I kept remembering an article I read in 2013 about it (apparently reader schneiper was too). After re-reading that gem of writing, I decided that the Simpsons/math guy/author had already covered all this awesomeness much better than me. His name is Simon Singh and he is definitely an expert on this subject. I prefer not to retread something that has already been done amazingly, so I figured I’d share this article from the ultraweb.
Here’s a couple images about a few of the references mentioned in the article.
The info on the three numbers was so interesting to me. Of course when I first saw this episode I picked “D”.
Really great stuff. This article is a good read but if the subject really interests you, Simon Singh wrote a whole book on the subject. I’m no expert on whether books are good or not, but I’m adding this one to my wish list on Amazon.
There are even more math/Simpsons fans floating on the currents of the WWW. Check out this equation I found on spikedmath.com.
So, just a quick little bit of writing on Mathematicalness in the Simpsons. My thoughts on Math probably tend more towards Homer though. Check out this rad meme I found on Flickr from CelebQuote.
And there you go… Math in the Simpsons. Don’t forget about our Pi Day Contest that ends tonight. If you pick me to get the pie in my face, I’ll have an image of the carnage posted soon for all you sadists.
Well, I’ll leave you with two of my favorite quotes about Math and a fun Math problem I found. I got it wrong but my little Ewok didn’t. Do you know the answer?
“Do not worry too much about your difficulties in mathematics, I can assure you that mine are still greater.” ~ Albert Einstein
“Arithmetic is being able to count up to twenty without taking off your shoes.” ~ Mickey Mouse
TTFN… Wookiee out!
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