Mathematics in Popular Culture
Essays on Appearances in Film, Fiction, Games, Television and Other Media
Mathematics in Popular Culture by Jessica K. Sklar
Book DescriptionAlthough mathematics has long been considered an arcane, inaccessible discipline, it has maintained a surprising presence in popular media for over a century. In recent years, the movies Good Will Hunting, A Beautiful Mind, and Stand and Deliver, the stage plays Breaking the Code and Proof, the novella Flatland, and the hugely successful TV crime series NUMB3RS all weave mathematics prominently into their storylines. Less obvious but pivotal references to the subject appear in the blockbuster TV show Lost, the cult movie The Princess Bride, and even Tolstoy's War and Peace. In this compendium, contributors consider the role of math in everything from 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.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780786449781
Classification: Popular culture , The arts: general issues
Format: Paperback (254mm x 178mm x 28mm)
Imprint: McFarland & Co Inc
Publisher: McFarland & Co Inc
Publish Date: 15-Mar-2012
Country of Publication: United States
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