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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 p. : ill. ; 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 Green ; Mapping contagion and disease, catastrophe and destruction: computer modeling in the epidemiological disaster narrative / Kathleen Coyne Kelly and Douglas Whittington ; Fair and unfair division in Neal Stephenson's Cryptonomicon / William Goldbloom Bloch and Michael D.C. Drout ; 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 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 Gutiérrez and Rodrigo Jorge Gutiérrez ; 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. Valente ; 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 [pi] / 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 ; Appendices : A: Mathematics in performance media ; Mathematics in fiction and poetry.
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.--Publisher information.

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