“Homer Simpson vs Pierre de Fermat – Numberphile” on YouTube

I’m a long-time Simpsons fan, for many reasons. Today I learned a new reason: there are heavy duty mathematicians on the Simpsons writing crew.

homer.fermat2The episodes often include obscure math references that appear for only moments. Simon Singh, in a Numberphile clip, points out two episodes in which apparent disproofs of Fermat’s last theorem appear.

In a Simpsons episode titled The Wizard of Evergreen Terrace, Homer writes an apparent disproof of Fermat’s last theorem on a chalkboard. I love how within a few frames Homer can transform from a dope to a genius.

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