The Simpsons and Futurama are two of the most popular animated television shows ever created, and the fact that they are written and produced by the same team is no coincidence. Indeed, the makers of these two cultural phenomena have clearly cracked the code when it comes to striking a chord with viewers, and if you'd like to learn all about the secrets that go into making the shows so successful, then a trip to the Science Museum in London next month could well be in order.
That's because two of the writers behind the two cartoons are set to give a live talk at the IMAX Theatre, which is located within the museum itself, on September 26th. The pair will be joined by Simon Singh, author of The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets, and will be spilling the beans about the science and maths that goes into making the two shows.
From the technical aspects of the animation itself to constructing the plots and storylines that bring so much laughter to so many people, every element of the process by which these shows are produced involves the use of mathematical equations and formulae. In fact, you'd be surprised to learn just how technical it all is, as Singh explains: “You may have spent several years watching The Simpsons and Futurama without ever realising that they contain enough mathematics to form an entire university course. That is because many of the writers have advanced degrees in mathematics in addition to their unparalleled senses of humour.”
So, if you're interested in learning more about the maths that goes on behind the scenes of your favourite TV shows, be sure to get a ticket for this unique event.
The Science Museum is located in South Kensington, and is within close proximity of a number of other top London attractions and hotels.