October 4, 2002
Susan Beasy Latto, UMD Director of Public Relations 218 726-8830
Professor Joe Gallian, UMD Department of Mathematics 218 726-7576
Mathematics Professor and Simpsons Expert to Speak at UMD
"The Simpsons Rule: Mathematical Morsels from the Simpsons"
Sarah Greenwald, Assistant Professor of Mathematics at Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina, will present a talk titled "The Simpsons Rule: Mathematical Morsels from the Simpsons" October 17 at 7 p.m. in Chemistry Building, room 200 on the UMD campus. The presentation is free and the public is cordially invited.
The Simpsons debuted in December 1989, and has been on the air for most of college students' lives.
Professor Greenwald will use clips from various episodes to introduce and explore the related mathematical content, accuracy and pedagogical value. She has documented more than one hundred instances of mathematics on The Simpsons from arithmetic, to calculus, to Riemannian geometry.
Grennwald's presentation on The Simpsons has been cited in the New York Times, Upfront Magazine, and the Los Angeles Times.
For more information contact:
UMD Professor Joe Gallian at