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Math goes to the movies

Author: Burkard Polster; Marty Ross
Publisher: Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2012.
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Mel Gibson teaching Euclidean geometry, Meg Ryan and Tim Robbins acting out Zeno's paradox, Michael Jackson proving in three different ways that 7 x 13 = 28. These are just a few of the intriguing mathematical snippets that occur in hundreds of movies. Burkard Polster and Marty Ross have pored through the cinematic calculus and here offer a thorough and entertaining survey of the quirky, fun, and beautiful  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Polster, Burkard.
Math goes to the movies.
Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2012
(DLC) 2011943465
(OCoLC)805585902
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Burkard Polster; Marty Ross
ISBN: 9781421406084 142140608X
OCLC Number: 812507574
Description: 1 online resource (1 volume)
Contents: pt. 1. Movies. Good math hunting --
The clever hand behind A beautiful mind --
Escalante stands and delivers --
The annotated Pi files --
Nitpicking in mathemagic land --
Escape from the cube --
The incredible shrinking room --
Murder in the hot house --
A word problem for die hards --
7 x 13 = 28 --
One mirror has tow faces, two mirrors have ... --
It's my turn for some serious mathematics --
pt. 2. Mathematics. Beautiful math, or better off dead --
Pythagoras and Fermat at the movies --
Survival in the fourth dimension --
To infinity and beyond! --
Problem corner --
Money-back bloopers --
The funny files --
pt. 3. Lists. People lists --
Topics lists --
Movie index.
Responsibility: Burkard Polster, Marty Ross.
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This fascinating behind-the-scenes look at movie math shows how fun and illuminating equations can be.  Read more...

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Written in a breezy, humorous style. If you like math and movies and are looking for a fun read, check it out. -- David Joyner * MAA Reviews * [A] thorough and entertaining survey... This Read more...

 
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