a list compiled by Alex Kasman (College of Charleston)
|A young janitor at MIT solves a (supposedly) difficult problem left on
a black board by a Fields medalist. This successful film did make
many more people aware of the existence of the Fields medal. However,
it has very little mathematical content, promotes the idea that you
need to be some sort of mental superhero to be a mathematician, and
the moral is: if you try to be a successful mathematician you'll end
up going to a psychologist and missing out on all of the important
things in life.
The script was written by Matt Damon when he was a student at Harvard (although in the original script, the janitor became a physicist not a mathematician) and was adapted for the big screen with the help of his friend Ben Affleck.
Personally, I liked the parody of this movie on Disney's Recess better!
|More information about this work can be found at us.imdb.com.|
|(Note: This is just one work of
mathematical fiction from the list. To see the entire list or to see more
works of mathematical fiction, return to the Homepage.)|
Exciting News: The total number of works of mathematical fiction listed in this database recently reached a milestone. The 1,500th entry is The Man of Forty Crowns by Voltaire. Thanks to Vijay Fafat for writing the summary of that work (and so many others). I am also grateful to everyone who has contributed to this website. Heck, I'm grateful to everyone who visited the site. Thank you!
(Maintained by Alex Kasman,
College of Charleston)