# Tagged Questions

Question on bits and pieces of mathematics that show up in popular media (TV, movies, comics, etc.)

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### Statistics Workshop for High School Students

We are going to hold an introductory workshop about the statistics. The participants will be students who have just finished their 8th or 9th grade. The workshop consists of 10 two-hour sessions. The ...
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### Fermat's Last Theorem's Proof

Where can I find a copy of the proof that proves Fermat's Last Theorem? Also, what different mathematical topics would I need to know to fully understand all of the syntax and reasoning in the proof? ...
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### What is the solution to Nash's problem presented in “A Beautiful Mind”?

I was watching the said movie the other night, and I started thinking about the equation posed by Nash in the movie. More specifically, the one he said would take some students a lifetime to solve ...
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### Mathematics understood through poems? [closed]

Along with Diophantus mathematics has been represented in form of poems often times. Bhaskara II composes in Lilavati: Whilst making love a necklace broke. A row of pearls mislaid. One sixth fell to ...
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### The Monty Hall problem

I was watching the movie 21 yesterday, and in the first 15 minutes or so the main character is in a classroom, being asked a "trick" question (in the sense that the teacher believes that he'll get the ...
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### Explaining what real math is to a high school student

I think, after reading through some of the questions here and their answers, that there are many people here who share my opinion on high school mathematics that it's quite different from "real ...
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### Do the equations used in Stargate make sense or are they gibberish?

Just wondering if equations used as props in SG1, atlantis and most recently Universe are just random and cool looking, or real/meaningful and cool looking. Most recent episode of Stargate Universe ...
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### Monty Hall Application

Driver A comes to a 3 way path junction but is not sure which one to take. Just as he decides to take path 1, a cyclist came by and told driver A all he knows is that he is going on path 3 which would ...
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### How Can One Prove $\cos(\pi/7) + \cos(3 \pi/7) + \cos(5 \pi/7) = 1/2$

Reference: http://xkcd.com/1047/ We tried various different trigonometric identities. Still no luck. Geometric interpretation would be also welcome. EDIT: Very good answers, I'm clearly impressed. ...
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### Name of the math movie

Does anyone remember a movie about four mathematicians studying infinity, who ended up committing a suicide? It was aired online somewhere, and I can't find it (it's a documentary, if that helps).
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### Mathematical toys?

Anybody know of "serious" mathematical ornaments or toys like the Gömböc, etc? Already have a rubix and abacus (that's more of a tool though).
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### Motivation for Tom Lehrer's song “Lobachevsky”?

I am trying to understand the motivation for the jingle about plagiarism written by Tom Lehrer. A YouTube version can be found here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IL4vWJbwmqM . Where does history ...
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### The maths in “The Amazing Spider Man”

I just saw the trailer for the new Spider Man movie and couldn't help but notice the image after the guy says "How did you come up with this". So here is a transcript (the last part can't be seen): ...
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### What is the relationship between the Poisson Distribution and the Monte Carlo Fallacy?

Gravity's Rainbow has this long passage about the Poisson distribution. Since Pynchon's education included a serious dose of mathematics, and his novels include many references to mathematics, I ...
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### What interview of G. H. Hardy by P. Erdős does Wikipedia refer to?

Quoting from the Wikipedia article on G. H. Hardy (emphasis mine): Starting in 1914, he was the mentor of the Indian mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan, a relationship that has become ...
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### A divergent series from Futurama

I was watching Futurama and in a recent episode, the professor creates a duplication machine. The machine basically took something and then made 2 copies at 60% the size. Somehow Bender got caught ...
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### Mathematician (non-logician) seeks reference for Gödel's incompleteness theorems

I would like to learn more about the proofs of Gödel's incompleteness theorems. I have read and am rereading Gödel's proof by Nagel, Newman, and Hofstadter. I like it very much, but I would like ...