9780470114605

What's Science Ever Done for Us? : What the Simpsons Can Teach Us about Physics, Robots, Life, and the Universe

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    9780470114605

  • ISBN10:

    0470114606

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2007-07-09
  • Publisher: Wiley

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Summary

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).

Author Biography

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.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Learning Science From Springfield's Nuclear Family
It's Alive!
The Simpson Gene
You Say Tomato, I Say Tomacco
Blinky, The Three-Eyed Fish
Burns' Radiant Glow
We All Live In A Cell-Sized Submarine
Lisa's Recipe For Life
Look Homer-Ward Angel
Mechanical Plots
D'ohs Ex Machina
Perpetual Commotion
Dude, I'm An Android
Rules For Robots
Chaos In Cartoonland
Fly In The Ointment
No Time To Dohs
Clockstopping
A Toast To The Past
Frinking About The Future
Springfield, The Universe, And Beyond
Lisa's Scoping Skills
Diverting Rays
The Plunge Down Under
If Astrolabes Could Talk
Cometary Cowabunga
Homer's Space Odyssey
Could This Really Be The End?
Foolish Earthlings
Is The Universe A Donut?
The Third Dimension Of Homer
Inconclusion: The Journey Continues
Acknowledgments
The Simpsons Movie Handy Science Checklist
Scientifically Relevant Episodes Discussed in This Book
Notes
Further Information
Index
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