Math Goes to Movies

| August 20, 2012 | 0 Comments

I bet you’re thinking what kind of title is that, but actually there’s a lot of math related stuff in movies. Movies like Pi, Beautiful Mind, Stand and Deliver and even Die Hard have some amazing math-related moments, which are analysed in the book. However, it is well known that many movies also have a lot of bogus mathematics. So if you have ever wondered how much truth is in the famous moments of Hollywood cult movies, this is a great book for you.


Book Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: The Johns Hopkins University Press (August 9, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1421404842
  • ISBN-13: 978-1421404844
  • Average Customer Review:5.0 out of 5 stars (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #555,448 in Books (See top 100 books in Math)


About the Author

Bukard Polster is an associate professor of mathematics in the Monash university. His research interests include finite and topological geometry, combinatorial designs, group theory and history of mathematics.

Marty Ross studied for his PhD on minimal surfaces at  Stanford university. After finishing his PhD he came back to Australia, but later he moved a lot from one university to another.

Both authors have co-created a website called QED Cat, which is full of fun and useful math resources, so be sure to check it out.


Short Review

Both authors have a passion for the “fun side” of mathematics, thus it’s no wonder that they have a collection of more than 700 math-related movies, which they often use during their lectures. The book discusses movies, which are math-related or at least have some amazing math-related scenes. This includes Mel Gibson teaching Euclidean geometry, Meg Ryan and Tim Robbins acting out Zeno’s paradox and Michael Jackson proving in three different ways that 7 x 13 = 28.

The authors use iconic movies to introduce and explain important and famous mathematical ideas: higher dimensions, the golden ratio, infinity, and much more. But that’s not all, as the authors also take a look at the biggest Hollywood mathematical blunders as well.

Some of the movies discussed in the book:


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