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Simpsons & Futurama crunch numbers

Simpsons News — Posted 15 Oct, 2005 by Scott

"The Simpsons" and "Futurama" can teach you a thing or two about math. The animated shows contain hundreds of references to math in all its forms — addition, subtraction, long division, calculus.

Several of the shows' writers hold advanced math degrees from some of the nation's best universities, and they're not averse to working in a little Pythagorean theorem, if the timing is right.

"We never wrote a joke where we tried to say nobody's going to get that joke" except a mathematician, said Ken Keeler, who got his doctorate in applied mathematics from Harvard University and worked at Bell Laboratories before writing for Fox network shows "The Simpsons" and "Futurama," which now appear in syndication.

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