If you like the Simpsons and you like Mathematics, this excerpt from The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets by Simon Singh is a must read. It could explain your attraction to such a show and, even though you push 3-dimensional objects around on a screen all day, could also explain some things you may have not considered before.

“The principles of rubber sheet geometry can be extended into three dimensions, which explains the quip that a topologist is someone who cannot tell the difference between a doughnut and a coffee cup. In other words, a coffee cup has just one hole, created by the handle, and a doughnut has just one hole, in its middle. Hence, a coffee cup made of a rubbery clay could be stretched and twisted into the shape of a doughnut. This makes them homeomorphic.”

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