The beloved yellow buffoon, Homer Simpson, was the first to discover the Higgs boson nearly a decade and a half before scientists got there, a report from The Independent says. In the episode entitled “The Wizard Of Evergreen Terrace,” which aired in 1998, Homer is shown standing in front of a chalkboard after deciding to become an inventor.
The chalkboard depicts an equation which, to the uninitiated, would probably just look like random nonsense. However, a new book by Simon Singh called, The Simpsons And Their Mathematical Secrets, notes that Homer’s equation actually calculates the mass of the Higgs boson.
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.
According to The Telegraph, Dr Singh says The Simpsons is staffed by a range of talented writers, many of whom have an avid interest in math and believes the show could encourage a generation of teenagers to take an interest in science.
The Simpsons is the most mathematical TV show on prime-time television in history. A lot of the writers on The Simpsons are mathematicians.
This is not the first time Homer Simpson and his family and friends have hidden scientific concepts in the show. Singh says that, amongst the mass of the Higgs boson, The Simpsons has also made references to, “Fermat’s last theorem, perfect numbers, mersenne primes and narcissistic numbers.”
The Higgs boson – named after physicist Peter Higgs – is a new particle which was discovered on July 4, 2012 and is said to be a vital ingredient in physics. Sometimes referred to as the “God particle,” the Higgs boson was originally theorized in 1964 and is believed to be a fundamental building block of the universe.
The Simpsons is one of the most famous and long-running sitcom series in history, spanning a quarter century, with a total of 566 episodes aired. The show began in 1989 and follows Homer Simpson and his family living their American lifestyle in the fictional town of Springfield.
Conceived by Matt Groening, the show satirises middle America, parodying everything from culture, religion, society and television itself. Despite arguably declining in quality in recent years, The Simpsons is still running strong. It entered its 26th season on September 28, 2014.
Who would have guessed that Homer Simpson – a character notable for his low intelligence – would have been the original discoverer of the famous Higgs boson?