a list compiled by Alex Kasman (College of Charleston)
John C. Konrath|
I'm writing to bring your attention to a television episode for
possible addition to your mathematical fiction website. The television
show is "Family Ties" and the episode is entitled, "My Tutor". In this
episode, Alex P. Keaton hires a mathematical prodigy to tutor him in
non-Euclidean geometry. I submit it on the grounds that it's
interesting to see the portrayal of the characteristically socially
inept young mathematician. This episode can be viewed free of charge
Thank you, Mr. Konrath, for the suggestion. This certainly deserves to be included in the Mathematical Fiction database. I'd just like to add a few more points:
- People may be interested to know that the prodigy is played by River Phoenix.
- I dislike the suggestion that one must think irrationally to appreciate non-Euclidean geometry. Like any other area of mathematics, this subject is based on logic. The unusual definitions may be counter-intuitive, but are entirely sensible.
- A party to celebrate the 20th anniversary of someone's tenure? Ha! That's the funniest thing in the show.
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