a list compiled by Alex Kasman (College of Charleston)
|A Swedish film about the life of Sonia Kovalevsky. The title refers,
apparently, to a site on the moon which was actually named in her
honor. The film tends to avoid the mathematics (for example, melodramatic music drowns out her voice in those scenes where she is supposed to be lecturing), focusing instead on her love affair with Maxim Kovalevsky, the Russian playboy she met in Stockholm who just happened to have the same last name as her late husband.
For other fictionalized accounts of her life, see here and here.
The movie is not centered in the math but in the character of Sonia, her depressions and her tragic and passionate love story. But it is a movie about a woman matematician in the XIX century and is very interesting to see how difficult it could be. It develops in a delicate way the tension between women and mathematics. Follows carefully her unstable state of mind and how it was mixed with her mathematical creativity and her emotional difficulties.
(Many matematicians appear in the movie, the most famous: Weierstrass.)
|More information about this work can be found at us.imdb.com.|
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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.
(Maintained by Alex Kasman,
College of Charleston)