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Mathematician Jordan Ellenberg breaks down Math films & TV shows


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Professor of Mathematics Jordan Ellenberg breaks down some famous scenes from movies that depict maths on-screen, including ‘Good Will Hunting’, ‘Jurassic Park’, ‘Moneyball’, and ‘The Simpsons’. His new book Shape is available to buy now: https://amzn.to/3ItiXpd

From the Sunday Times bestselling author of How Not to Be Wrong, a hugely entertaining exploration of the geometry that underlies our world

How should a democracy choose its representatives? How can you stop a pandemic from sweeping the world? How do computers learn to play chess? Can ancient Greek proportions predict the stock market? (Sorry, no.) What should your kids learn in school if they really want to learn to think? The answers to all these questions can be found in geometry.

If you’re like most people, geometry is a dimly-remembered exercise, handed down from the ancients, that you gladly left behind in school. It seemed to be a tortuous way of proving some fact about triangles that was obvious to you in the first place. That’s not geometry. OK, it is geometry, but only a tiny part, that has as much to do with the modern, fast-moving discipline as conjugating a verb has to do with a great novel.

In Shape, Sunday Times-bestselling author Jordan Ellenberg reveals the geometry underneath some of the most important scientific, political, and philosophical problems we face, from the spread of coronavirus to rise of machine learning. The word ‘geometry,’ from the Greek, means ‘measuring the world.’ But geometry doesn’t just measure the world – it explains it. Shape shows us how.

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