MATHEMATICAL FICTION:

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Twisted Seduction (2010)
Dominique Adams (writer and director)
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A man with a PhD in mathematics and a master's degree in psychology kidnaps a woman he has determined mathematically and scientifically to be an ideal match for him, with the intention of forcing her to love him. As Adams writes in his summary of the film, the question is "are science and mathematical laws powerful enough to manufacture a relationship?"

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Do not read beyond this point if you intend to see the film and want to be surprised by the plot twist in Twisted Seduction!

One idea that we learn from mathematics is that a low probability event can be obtained with a high number of trials. So, for example, to be sure to make an amazingly accurate prediction (e.g. the winners of each match in a tennis tournament) you can just send different predictions to a large number of people. If you have sent all of the possible outcomes, then someone will have received that exact prediction and that recipient (not knowing about the others) may be convinced that you were able to predict the results.

It turns out, it was this sort of math and not a mathematical model of attraction that the evil grad student in this movie employs. He has kidnapped many women, telling each that his algorithm identifies them as his perfect woman. Twisted, indeed.

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  4. The Devotion of Suspect X [Yôgisha X no kenshin] by Keigo Higashino
  5. Homage by Ross Kagan Marks (director) / Mark Medoff (screenplay)
  6. Dear Abbey by Terry Bisson
  7. The Brink of Infinity by Stanley G. Weinbaum
  8. Kapitoil by Teddy Wayne
  9. The 351 Books of Irma Arcuri by David Bajo
  10. Rites of Love and Math by Edward Frenkel / Reine Graves
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MotifEvil mathematicians, Romance,
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