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The Map of Tiny Perfect Things (2021)
Lev Grossman

Contributed by Aidan Tompkins

This short film is based on a short story by Lev Grossman is a repeat-the-same-day romcom that uses 2D projections of a tesseract as a plot point! I liked it even if it’s a little handwavy, and math also comes up as a conversation topic for the nerdy characters, with a subplot of learning algebra while they’re stuck in the loop. As a high-school geek, I really enjoyed the romance sprinkled with numbers, and it was wholesome enough for everyone else to enjoy it too! I’d rate the math content at a 2/5 and quality as 4/5.

(quoted from The Map of Tiny Perfect Things)

So the first thing that you need to know about math is that it's always perfect.

Presumably the short story also has math in it. At this point, I haven't seen the movie or read the story. If you know, please write me.

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Ratings for The Map of Tiny Perfect Things:
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Mathematical Content:
4/5 (1 votes)
Literary Quality:
2/5 (1 votes)

GenreHumorous, Science Fiction, Romance, Young Adult,
MotifHigher/Lower Dimensions, Time Travel,
TopicMathematical Physics,
MediumShort Stories, Films,

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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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