MATHEMATICAL FICTION:

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Alphabet (2002)
Chelsea Spear
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A silent, short film which shows intertwined clips of a young girl playing the french horn and answering a question at the board in her algebra class. Reviews of the film that I've read suggest that she is realizing connections between math and music, though it is not clear to me whether those connections are the mathematical structure of music (which surely is a deep subject), the aesthetic beauty of mathematics (at least some people find appreciating mathematics similar to appreciating music), or merely the common aspect of "performing" in front of an audience. Either way, the girl is pleased with the experience and leaves her teacher an apple in thanks.

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Works Similar to Alphabet
According to my `secret formula', the following works of mathematical fiction are similar to this one:
  1. Infinitely Near by Anthony Cristiano
  2. Rites of Love and Math by Edward Frenkel / Reine Graves
  3. Stand and Deliver by Ramon Menendez
  4. Love Counts by Michael Hastings (libretto) / Michael Nyman (score)
  5. Conte d'ete by Eric Rohmer
  6. Für immer in Honig (Forever in Honey) by Dietmar Dath
  7. The Mirror Has Two Faces by Barbra Streisand (director)
  8. Belonging to Karovsky by Kathryn Schwille
  9. Contact by Carl Sagan
  10. Sophie's Diary by Dora Musielak
Ratings for Alphabet:
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Mathematical Content:
3/5 (1 votes)
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Literary Quality:
2/5 (1 votes)
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Categories:
Genre
MotifFemale Mathematicians, Music, Math Education,
TopicAlgebra/Arithmetic/Number Theory,
MediumFilms,

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