Could a diet of beer and doughnuts make you into a genius?* Homer Simpson must be doing something right because it seems he made a major scientific breakthrough 14 years before it was confirmed by physicists…
In a 1998 episode of The Simpsons, The Wizard of Evergreen Terrace, Homer turns inventor and in one scene is pictured writing a complicated equation on a chalk board. According to mathematician Dr Simon Sing, it predicts the mass of the sub-atomic Higgs boson particle many years before experiments at the Cern Large Hadron Collider in 2012 proved its existence.
“That equation predicts the mass of the Higgs boson,” said Dr 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.”
Dr Singh, a Bafta-winning science broadcaster and author of The Simpsons and their Mathematical Secrets, called the animated series “the most mathematical TV show on prime-time television in history,” adding “A lot of the writers on The Simpsons are mathematicians.”
The campaign to re-name the particle the Higgs D’ohson starts here…
*Note: a diet of beer and doughnuts will not make you into a genius