“Pernicious traits are to do with human nature. The biggest is a complete absence of self-knowledge.”
Simon Singh, a journalist and author with a zeal for mathematics, discusses what led him to a career focused on communicating scientific issues to the general public. “More than ever before, science is a hot button issue”, he argues, given current debates around genetically modified food, vaccines and climate change.
Singh shares his interest in debunking dubious scientific claims, such as the often-spurious health benefits of alternative medicine, before detailing the inspiration behind his latest book, “The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets”.
Spotting an equation related to Fermat's Last Theorem in the cartoon led him to discover a vast collection of hidden equations, inserted by the show’s maths buff writers.