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Author Polster, Burkard
Title Math Goes to the Movies
Imprint Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2012
©2012
book jacket
Descript 1 online resource (301 pages)
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computer c rdamedia
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Note Cover -- Contents -- Preface -- Part I: Movies -- 1 Good Math Hunting -- 1.1 How to Become a Math Consultant -- 1.2 Actors Versus Blackboards -- 1.3 Lambeau, the Fields Medalist -- 1.4 A Professor Turns Actor -- 1.5 Mathematics: "Perceval" -- 1.6 Students in Action -- 1.7 Mathematics: Graph Theory 1 -- 1.8 Mathematics: Eigenvalues -- 1.9 Mathematics: Graph Theory 2 -- 1.10 Mathematics: Graph Theory 3 -- 1.11 Mathematics: The Salieri Scene -- 1.12 Further References and Remarks -- 1.13 Parodies -- 2 The Clever Hand Behind A Beautiful Mind -- 2.1 Real Math Beats Fake Math -- 2.2 Signature Scene -- 2.3 The Riemann Hypothesis -- 2.4 The Blonde and the Nobel Prize -- 2.5 Hand Double -- 2.6 Bits and Pieces -- 3 Escalante Stands and Delivers -- 3.1 Welcome to the Finger Man -- 3.2 Filling the Hole -- 3.3 Let X Be the Number of Girlfriends -- 3.4 Newton Was an Idiot -- 3.5 The Students Stand and Deliver, Again -- 3.6 Will the Real Jaime Escalante Please Stand Up? -- 4 The Annotated Pi Files -- 4.1 Max the Mathematician -- 4.2 Mathematics Is the Language of Nature -- 4.3 Pattern in Pi -- 4.4 Numerology: Father + Mother = Child -- 4.5 The Fibonacci Numbers and the Golden Ratio -- 4.6 Archimedes the Goldfish -- 4.7 Coincidence, or Is It? -- 4.8 Back to the Golden Ratio -- 4.9 Staring into the Sun -- 4.10 The Name of God -- 4.11 Living Happily Ever After -- 5 Nitpicking in Mathmagic Land -- 5.1 Tiny Nitpick: What Is Pi? -- 5.2 Historical Nitpick: Pythagoras and the Pythagoreans -- 5.3 Small Nitpick: Pythagorean Music -- 5.4 Medium Nitpick: The Golden Section -- 5.5 Large Nitpick: Three-Cushion Billiards -- 5.6 NOTpick -- 5.7 Notes -- 6 Escape from the Cube -- 6.1 The Cube in Cube -- 6.2 First Insight: The Power of Primes -- 6.3 How to Avoid Prime Numbers -- 6.4 Second Insight: The Cube in Coordinates -- 6.5 Third Insight: Permutations
6.6 Final Insight: Prime Powers -- 6.7 Other Cubes -- 7 The Incredible Shrinking Room -- 7.1 How Good a Puzzler Are You? -- 7.2 Answers to the Puzzles -- 7.3 Notes -- 8 Murder in the Hot House -- 8.1 The Story -- 8.2 Let's Kill Some Mathematicians -- 8.3 The Writing on the Wall -- 8.4 Let's Run Away and Join the Circus -- 9 A Word Problem for Die Hards -- 9.1 Playing Billiards with the Die Hard Problem -- 9.2 A Recipe -- 9.3 Thwarting a Different Simon -- 9.4 The Least Common Multiple -- 9.5 References -- 10: 7 × 13 = 28 -- 10.1 First Proof: Bogus Division -- 10.2 Second Proof: Bogus Multiplication -- 10.3 Third Proof: Bogus Addition -- 10.4 Play it Again, Abbott -- 10.5 General Bogus Math -- 11 One Mirror Has Two Faces, Two Mirrors Have . . . -- 11.1 Real Life -- 11.2 Prime Numbers -- 11.3 Calculus -- 11.4 Mathematical Miscellany -- 11.5 The Other Mirror -- 11.6 Notes -- 12 It's My Turn for Some Serious Mathematics -- 12.1 The Snake Rears Its Lovely Head -- 12.2 The Classification of Finite Simple Groups -- 12.3 Questions and Answers -- 12.4 Notes -- Part II: Mathematics -- 13 Beautiful Math, or Better Off Dead -- 13.1 The Direct Approach -- 13.2 The Poetic Approach -- 13.3 The All-Singing, All-Dancing Approach -- 13.4 Any Place, Any Time -- 14 Pythagoras and Fermat at the Movies -- 14.1 Pythagoras's Theorem -- 14.2 Fermat's Last Theorem -- 14.3 Fermat's Last Tango -- 15 Survival in the Fourth Dimension -- 15.1 Time, Space, Both, or What? -- 15.2 The Hypercube Via Analogy -- 15.3 Picturing the Hypercube -- 15.4 Dimension Drive -- 15.5 Intersections -- 15.6 The Hypersphere -- 16 To Infinity, and Beyond! -- 16.1 Mystical Musings -- 16.2 Toward Infinity, but Getting Lost -- 16.3 Toward Infinity, and Almost Getting There -- 16.4 Toward the Infinitely Small: Romantic Zeno -- 16.5 To Infinity: Are We There Yet? -- 16.6 Fishing with a Really Big Net
16.7 Infinity Pays Its Way -- 16.8 Pretty Patterns, Pretty Pi -- 16.9 Golden Infinity -- 16.10 A Golden Argument -- 16.11 Poetic Summation -- 17 Problem Corner -- 17.1 Problems for Wizkids, and a Wizdog -- 17.2 Math Quiz for Mortals -- 17.3 Devilish Problems -- 17.4 Crazy Problems for Extra Credit -- 18 Money-Back Bloopers -- 18.1 Boosting the Computer -- 18.2 Playing the Percentages -- 18.3 The Curse of Pi -- 18.4 Prime Problems -- 18.5 Slips of the Tongue -- 18.6 Less Is More -- 18.7 Simple Arithmetic? -- 18.8 A Very Tough Quadratic -- 18.9 The Algebra Problem -- 18.10 A Tough Competition -- 18.11 Scary Geometry -- 19 The Funny Files -- 19.1 Sex -- 19.2 Geometry -- 19.3 Arithmetic -- 19.4 Algebra and Word Problems -- 19.5 Mathematicians in Action -- 19.6 Doing the Impossible -- 19.7 What Are the Odds? -- 19.8 Odds And Ends -- Part III: Lists -- 20 People Lists -- 20.1 Real Mathematicians -- 20.2 Female Mathematicians -- 20.3 Interesting Math Teachers and Classroom Scenes -- 20.4 Wizkids -- 20.5 Mathematicians and Murder -- 20.6 Famous Actors Being Mathematical -- 20.7 Math Consultants -- 21 Topics Lists -- 21.1 Counting to 101 -- 21.2 Math Titles but No Math -- 21.3 Pythagoras's Theorem and Fermat's Last Theorem -- 21.4 Geometry -- 21.5 Higher Dimensions -- 21.6 Topology -- 21.7 Golden Ratio and Fibonacci Numbers -- 21.8 Pi -- 21.9 Prime Numbers and Number Theory -- 21.10 Chaos, Fractals, and Dynamical Systems -- 21.11 Communicating with Aliens -- 21.12 Code Breaking -- 21.13 Calculus -- 21.14 Infinity -- 21.15 Paradoxes -- 21.16 Probability, Gambling, and Percentages -- 21.17 Famous Formulas, Identities, and Magic Squares -- 21.18 Mathematical Games -- Movie Index -- A -- B -- C -- D -- E -- F -- G -- H -- I -- J -- K -- L -- M -- N -- O -- P -- Q -- R -- S -- T -- U -- V -- W -- Y -- Z
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Link Print version: Polster, Burkard Math Goes to the Movies Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press,c2012 9781421404844
Subject Mathematics in motion pictures
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Alt Author Ross, Marty
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