Mathematics in popular culture

Books on Math and Mathematicians

Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson (1999)

A Beautiful Mind: A Biography of John Forbes Nash, Jr., Winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics, 1994 by Sylvia Nasar (1998)

Seizing the Enigma: The Race to Break the German U-Boats Codes , 1939-1943 by David Kahn (1991)

Elementary Cryptanalysis by Abraham Sinkov (1968)

Symmetry by Hermann Weyl (1952)

A Mathematician’s Apology by G.H. Hardy (1940)

Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions by Edwin Abbott (1884)

Movies with Mathematicians as Characters

Proof directed by John Madden; starring Gwyneth Paltrow, Anthony Hopkins, Jake Gyllenhaal, Hope Davis (2005)

A Beautiful Mind directed by Ron Howard; starring Russell Crowe, Ed Harris, Jennifer Connelly (2001)

Enigma directed by Michael Apted; starring Dougray Scott, Kate Winslet, Jeremy Northam (2001)

Pi directed by Darren Aronofsky (1998)

Good Will Hunting directed by Gus Van Sant; starring Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Robin Williams, Minnie Driver (1997)

Antonia’s Line directed by Marleen Gorris (1996)

Sneakers directed by Phil Alden Robinson; starring Robert Redford, Sidney Poitier, David Strathairn, Dan Aykroyd (1992)

It’s My Turn directed by Claudia Weill; starring Jill Clayburgh, Michael Douglas, and Charles Grodin (1980)

Plays about Mathematicians and Physicists

QED by Peter Parnell; starring Alan Alda as physicist Richard Feynman, performed at New York City’s Vivian Beaumont Theatre in 2001

Proof by David Auburn; starring Mary-Louise Parker, performed at New York City’s Walter Kerr Theatre in 2000

Copenhagen by Michael Frayn; performed at London’s Duchess Theatre in 1999

Arcadia by Tom Stoppard; published in 1993

Picasso at the Lapin Agile by Steve Martin; performed at Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre in 1993

Interviews with Mathematicians

Rota reflects on math and mathematicians in MIT’s Tech Talk (1998)

Solving Fermat: Andrew Wiles on Nova Online (1997)

In Her Own Words: Six Mathematicians Comment on Their Lives and Careers on the AWM Website (1991)

Art Inspired by Mathematics

Quilts at Ann Maley’s Website

Hypercones by Simon Thomas featured in the Millenium Mathematics Project