What's Science Ever Done For Us: What the Simpsons Can Teach Us About Physics, Robots, Life, and the Universe

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John Wiley & Sons, May 12, 2011 - Science - 272 pages
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A playful and entertaining look at science on The Simpsons

This amusing book explores science as presented on the longest-running and most popular animated TV series ever made: The Simpsons. Over the years, the show has examined such issues as genetic mutation, time travel, artificial intelligence, and even aliens. "What's Science Ever Done for Us?" examines these and many other topics through the lens of America's favorite cartoon.

This spirited science guide will inform Simpsons fans and entertain science buffs with a delightful combination of fun and fact. It will be the perfect companion to the upcoming Simpsons movie.

The Simpsons is a magnificent roadmap of modern issues in science. This completely unauthorized, informative, and fun exploration of the science and technology, connected with the world's most famous cartoon family, looks at classic episodes from the show to launch fascinating scientific discussions mixed with intriguing speculative ideas and a dose of humor. Could gravitational lensing create optical illusions, such as when Homer saw someone invisible to everyone else? Is the Coriolis effect strong enough to make all toilets in the Southern Hemisphere flush clockwise, as Bart was so keen to find out? If Earth were in peril, would it make sense to board a rocket, as Marge, Lisa, and Maggie did, and head to Mars? While Bart and Millhouse can't stop time and have fun forever, Paul Halpern explores the theoretical possibilities involving Einstein's theory of time dilation.

Paul Halpern, PhD (Philadelphia, PA) is Professor of Physics and Mathematics at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia and a 2002 recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship. He is also the author of The Great Beyond (0-471-46595-X).
  

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Review: What's Science Ever Done For Us: What the Simpsons Can Teach Us About Physics, Robots, Life, and the Universe

User Review  - Darren White - Goodreads

Gave up on it, the science in it was pretty general. You'd do better to just spend your time watching "The Simpsons" Read full review

Review: What's Science Ever Done For Us: What the Simpsons Can Teach Us About Physics, Robots, Life, and the Universe

User Review  - Bill Jacobs - Goodreads

A must have book for the Simpsons fans/scientists! So funny and it shows there are plenty of science applications behind The Simpsons. Oh boy I wish I am Professor Frink! Read full review

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Contents

The Simpson Gene
13
You Say Tomato I Say Tomacco
23
Blinky the ThreeEyed Fish
29
Burnss Radiant Glow
37
We All Live in a CellSized Submarine
45
Lisas Recipe for Life
55
Look HomerWard Angel
61
Dohs ex Machina
71
Diverting Rays
165
The Plunge Down Under
173
If Astrolabes Could Talk
181
Cometary Cowabunga
185
Homers Space Odyssey
195
Could This Really Be the End?
201
Foolish Earthlings
211
Is the Universe a Donut?
219

Perpetual Commotion
79
Dude Im an Android
87
Rules for Robots
95
Chaos in Cartoonland
101
Fly in the Ointment
111
Clockstopping
123
A Toast to the Past
133
Frinking about the Future
145
Lisas Scoping Skills
155
The Third Dimension of Homer
231
The Journey Continues
239
Acknowledgments
241
The Simpsons Movie Handy Science Checklist
243
Scientifically Relevant Episodes Discussed in This Book
245
Notes
249
Further Information
253
Index
255
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About the author (2011)

Paul Halpern, PHD, is professor of physics and mathematics at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia and a 2002 recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship. He is the author of The Great Beyond, also from Wiley.

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