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Mathematics in popular culture : essays on appearances in film, fiction, games, television and other media

Author: Jessica K Sklar; Elizabeth Sherr Sklar
Publisher: Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland, ©2012.
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"In this compendium, contributors consider the role of math in blockbuster films, baseball, crossword puzzles, fantasy role-playing games, and television shows to science fiction tales, award-winning plays and classic works of literature. Revealing the broad range of intersections between mathematics and mainstream culture, this collection demonstrates that even "mass entertainment" can have a hidden  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jessica K Sklar; Elizabeth Sherr Sklar
ISBN: 9780786449781 0786449780
OCLC Number: 757462061
Description: viii, 345 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Contents: Introduction / Jessica K. Sklar and Elizabeth S. Sklar --
The Game. A Survey of Fictional Mathematics in Literature / Alex Kasman --
"You Never Said Anything About Math": Math Phobia and Math. Fanaticism in the World of Lost / Kristine Larsen --
What's in a name? The Matrix as an Introduction to Mathematics / Kris H. Green --
Computer Modeling in the Epidemiological Disaster Narrative : Mapping Contagion and Disease, Catastrophe and Destruction / Kathleen Coyne Kelly and Douglas Whittington --
Fair and Unfair Division in Neal Stephenson's Cryptonomicon / Michael D.C. Drout and William Goldbloom Bloch --
Game Theory in Popular Culture: Battles of Wits and Matters of Trust / Jennifer Firkins Nordstrom --
Coming Out of the Dungeon: Mathematics and Role-Playing Games / Kris H. Green --
Playing Moneyball: Math and Baseball / Jeff Hildebrand --
A Mathematician Does the New York Times Sunday Crossword Puzzle / Gene Abrams --
The Players. XKCD: A Web of Popular Culture / Karen Burnham --
Counting with the Sharks: Math-Savvy Gamblers in Popular Culture / Matthew Lane --
Stand and Deliver Twenty Years Later / Ksenija Simic-Muller, Maura Varley Gutierrez and Rodrigo Jorge Gutierrez --
Smart Girls: The Uncanny Daughters of Arcadia and Proof / Sharon Alker and Roberta Davidson --
Mean Girls: A Metamorphosis of the Female Math Nerd / Kristin Rowan --
The Mathematical Misanthrope and American Popular Culture / Kenneth Faulkner --
Alan Turing: Reflecting on the Life, Work, and Popular Representations of a Queer Mathematician / K.G. Vale --
Mat(t)h Anxiety: Math as Symptom in Gus Van Sant's Good Will Hunting / Donald l. Hoffman --
Math + Metaphor. Thinking Outside the Box: Application Versus Discovery in Saw and Cube / Jessica K. Sklar --
Tolstoy's Integration Metaphor from War and Peace / Stephen T. Ahearn --
"We'll All Change Together": Mathematics as Metaphor in Greg Egan's Fiction / Neil Easterbrook --
Truth by the Numbers: Mysticism and Madness in Darren Aronofsky's 1 / Laurie A. Finke and Martin B. Shichtman --
Flatland in Popular Culture / Lila Marz Harper --
Discovering a Higher Plane: Dimensionality and Enlightenment in Flatland and Diaspora / Chris Pak --
Projective Geometry in Early Twentieth Century Esotericism: From the Anthroposophical Society to the Thoth Tarot / Richard Kaczynski.
Responsibility: edited by Jessica K. Sklar and Elizabeth S. Sklar ; foreword by Keith Devlin.

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"In this compendium, contributors consider the role of math in blockbuster films, baseball, crossword puzzles, fantasy role-playing games, and television shows to science fiction tales, award-winning plays and classic works of literature. Revealing the broad range of intersections between mathematics and mainstream culture, this collection demonstrates that even "mass entertainment" can have a hidden depth."--Provided by publisher.

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