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What's Science Ever Done for Us? What the Simpsons Can Teach Us About Physics, Robots, Life...

by Paul Halpern
£9.99   paperback  John Wiley and Sons (2007)

What Is the universe shaped like a donut?
Homer propsed such a theory.
Do three-eyed fish swim near nuclear power plants?
Bart managed to catch one.
Are perpetual-motion machines suitable for school projects?
Lisa constructed a working model.
The Simpsons, the world's most popular and longest-running animation series, is now a treasure-trove of scientific ideas and a clever mixture of fact and fancy. Now there's a guide to the science behind the show. In What's Science Ever Done for Us? you'll find answers to an amzing array of scientific questions raised in 26 classic episodes, including:
* Can genetics explain Homer's dimwittedness and Lisa's brains?
* Are shrink-rays and teleportation devices possible along the lines of Professor Frink's inventions?
* Could androids, like the one that replaced Bart in one episode, ever have consciousness?
* Do toilets in North America and Australia flush in opposite directions?
* If Earth were in peril, should we try to escape on a rocket, like Marge, Lisa and Maggie did, and attempt to colonize Mars?
* Could we travel back in time, like Homer did, change the past, and find ourselves in a parallel reality?
Whether you're a Simpsons fan, a science buff, or both, get ready to laugh and learn as Homer, Bart, Marge, Lisa, and the entire town of Springfield prove that science isn't just fun - it's hilarious!
(This book has not been approved, licensed, or sponsored by any entity or person involved in creating or producing The Simpsons, the film, or the TV series.)

ISBN 13: 9780470114605 | ISBN 10: 0470114606