a list compiled by Alex Kasman (College of Charleston)
|A young janitor at MIT solves a (supposedly) difficult problem left on
a black board by a Fields medalist. This successful film did make
many more people aware of the existence of the Fields medal. However,
it has very little mathematical content, promotes the idea that you
need to be some sort of mental superhero to be a mathematician, and
the moral is: if you try to be a successful mathematician you'll end
up going to a psychologist and missing out on all of the important
things in life.
The script was written by Matt Damon when he was a student at Harvard (although in the original script, the janitor became a physicist not a mathematician) and was adapted for the big screen with the help of his friend Ben Affleck.
Personally, I liked the parody of this movie on Disney's Recess better!
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May 2016: I am experimenting with a new feature which will print a picture of the cover and a link to the Amazon.com page for a work of mathematical fiction when it is available. I hope you find this useful and convenient. In any case, please write to let me know if it is because I would be happy to either get rid of it or improve it if that would be better for you. Thanks! -Alex
(Maintained by Alex Kasman,
College of Charleston)