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The Square Root of 2 (2015)
Hackie Reitman (writer and director) / Bernard Salzmann (director)

A movie about the difficulties faced by an autistic young woman with over-protective parents who attends college to pursue a career in mathematics. Author/director Reitman is an M.D. with an interest in "intellectual and developmental differences" who says that this work of fiction is based on his daughter's experiences.

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MotifAcademia, Autism, Math Education,

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Exciting News: The 1,600th entry was recently added to this database of mathematical fiction! Also, for those of you interested in non-fictional math books let me (shamelessly) plug the recent release of the second edition of my soliton theory textbook.

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