Homer Simpson accidentally discovered important information about the Higgs boson particle back in 1998.

Homer Simpson accidentally discovered important information about the Higgs boson particle back in 1998.
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In case you needed more proof that watching "The Simpsons" can make you smarter.

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Mmmm... mathematical. (via Numberphile)

If you're like me, your primary thought when it comes to math is "Man, I wish I remembered more from math class. Hey, look! Distractions on the Internet!" But here's something to make you excited to study math again: British mathematician Simon Singh has been pointing out all of the mathematical Easter eggs in The Simpsons and explaining the background behind them, including Homer's Higgs boson equation.

Singh recently gave an interview to the Independent where he noted that in the Simpsons episode "The Wizard of Evergreen Terrace," Homer writes an equation that comes close to figuring out the Higgs boson mass. Says Singh, "If you work it out, you get the mass of a Higgs boson that's only a bit larger than the nano-mass of a Higgs boson actually is. It's kind of amazing as Homer makes this prediction 14 years before it was discovered."

In fact, Singh wrote a whole book about math in The Simpsons, which he calls "the most mathematical show on prime-time television in history."

Mashable also found the great video below by YouTube user Numberphile, where Singh talks more in-depth about math in The Simpsons and about how many of the show's writers have strong math backgrounds, including one-time physicist and Futurama head writer David X. Cohen.


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