— someecards (@someecards) March 4, 2015
In 2013, physicists believed that they finally discovered a new particle that satisfied the requirements of the Higgs boson, an elementary particle in the Standard Model of physics that scientists have been trying to find and identify for over 40 years.
Now all that’s just fine and dandy, but it’s really not too impressive consider Homer Simpson predicted the correct mass of the Higgs boson over a decade before in 1998.
Say what? Yes, spending all that time around Sector 7G of Springfield Nuclear Power Plant may have had some effect on Homer’s brain, even if no one realized it when the episode “The Wizard of Evergreen Terrace” aired in the show’s tenth season. During the course of the episode, Homer becomes obsessed with the Wizard of Menlo Park, Thomas Edison himself, and tries to become a successful inventor. In one segment, Homer is seen jotting a complicated equation on a blackboard, but the significance of his solution wouldn’t be known for years to come.
According to author and physicist Dr. Simon Singh,
If you work [Homer’s equation] 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 [….] My PhD is in particle physics, so I was similarly shocked by Homer’s equation predicting the mass of the Higgs boson.
In fact, Dr. Singh is such a fan of the math and science embedded within The Simpsons that he published a book called The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets.
Don’t have a cow just yet, man. Not surprisingly, the show’s writers aren’t as oblivious as Homer usually is. Writer David X. Cohen has claimed responsibility for the Higgs boson equation in the episode in question, saying that he turned to an astronmer friend who made it up based on the research available at the time. Still, we’ll give all the credit to Homer.
Who knows, maybe doughnuts are secretly brain food?
Mmm… 3.141592653589793238462643383279502884197169399375105820974944592307 Lisa told me you nerds would get this.
— Homer J. Simpson (@HomerJSimpson) March 14, 2014
Thought Homer Simpson wasn’t the sharpest tool in the shed? Guess again!