# The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets

So y = r^3/3. And if you determine the rate of change in this curve correctly, I think youâll be pleasantly surprised.

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I enjoyed the discussion of math in The Simpsons using examples from Futurama. Maybe in the future you can discuss the philosophy of The Simpsons using examples from Futurama.

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Since weâre talking about the show itself, and not the members of the family, shouldnât the title be âThe Simpsons and Its Mathematical Secretsâ?

This bugged me then, and it bugs me now after years of math courses. You usually donât commute the âinfinitesimalâ dr with ânormalâ symbols like r; itâs more like a placeholder or even a mnemonic device. I know, I know, Iâm missing the point, etc.

Of course, maybe that prep school was so advanced that they were using Robinsonâs non-standard analysis, and Bart was actually making a stand for constructivism and against the Axiom of Choice required to complete the hyperreals.

Did it all the time in physics and engineeringâŚ Thatâs how one solves a diffy q.

I hope youâll be doing a feature on my new book, catchily-titled:
The Simpsons and its clever writing that has nothing to do with mathematics and more to do with the writersâ general intelligence and their understanding that there might be some people watching cartoons that arenât idiots.

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âIndeed no other series in the history of primetime television has included so many mathematical references.â

Thatâs a pretty bold statement. While The Simpsons has the advantage of having been on the air forever, I think The Big Bang Theory includes far more mathematics per episode than The Simpsons ever does.

Anecdotal evidence. [citation needed]

What? Itâs a perfectly cromulent strategy.

The door is that way. The one labeled âSHAME.â

Go. Now.

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