Sunday, July 1, 2007

What's Science Ever Done For Us?

I'm pleased to announce that my new book on the science and humor behind classic Simpsons episodes is now available:

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

It features amusing scientific discussions of questions raised on the long-running series such as:

* Does Lisa possess the dreaded "Simpson gene?"
* Are there really three-eyed fish?
* Could radiation cause Mr. Burns to glow?
* Does the Coriolis force affect household appliances?
* Is Homer truly a man of many dimensions?
* Could a fully conscious robot brother replace Bart?
* What could a talking astrolabe tell us?
* Which prominent scientists have appeared on the show?
* If Springfield and the world are threatened with destruction is there hope for the human race?
* Could the entire universe be shaped like a donut?

Many of the Simpsons writers have scientific backgrounds and have included intriguing references to their fields in a number of episodes. "What's Science Ever Done For Us?" is an entertaining guide to these issues, just in time for the upcoming Simpsons Movie.

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