### Abstract

Original language | English |
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Title of host publication | Mathematical Cultures : The London Meetings 2012-2016 |

Editors | Brendan Larvor |

Number of pages | 29 |

Place of Publication | Cham |

Publisher | Springer |

Publication date | 2016 |

Pages | 409-437 |

ISBN (Print) | 978-3-319-28580-1 |

ISBN (Electronic) | 978-3-319-28582-5 |

DOIs | |

Publication status | Published - 2016 |

MoE publication type | A3 Book chapter |

### Publication series

Name | Trends in the History of Science |
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Publisher | Springer |

ISSN (Print) | 2297-2951 |

### Fields of Science

- 5141 Sociology

### Cite this

*Mathematical Cultures: The London Meetings 2012-2016*(pp. 409-437). (Trends in the History of Science). Cham: Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-28582-5_23

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*Mathematical Cultures: The London Meetings 2012-2016.*Trends in the History of Science, Springer, Cham, pp. 409-437. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-28582-5_23

**The Great Gibberish—Mathematics in Western Popular Culture.** / Pantsar, Markus.

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PY - 2016

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N2 - In this paper, I study how mathematicians are presented in western popular culture. I identify five stereotypes that I test on the best-known modern movies and television shows containing a significant amount of mathematics or important mathematician characters: (1) Mathematics is highly valued as an intellectual pursuit. (2) Little attention is given to the mathematical content. (3) Mathematical practice is portrayed in an unrealistic way. (4) Mathematicians are asocial and unable to enjoy normal life. (5) Higher mathematics is often connected to mental instability—if not downright mental illness.

AB - In this paper, I study how mathematicians are presented in western popular culture. I identify five stereotypes that I test on the best-known modern movies and television shows containing a significant amount of mathematics or important mathematician characters: (1) Mathematics is highly valued as an intellectual pursuit. (2) Little attention is given to the mathematical content. (3) Mathematical practice is portrayed in an unrealistic way. (4) Mathematicians are asocial and unable to enjoy normal life. (5) Higher mathematics is often connected to mental instability—if not downright mental illness.

KW - 5141 Sociology

U2 - 10.1007/978-3-319-28582-5_23

DO - 10.1007/978-3-319-28582-5_23

M3 - Chapter

SN - 978-3-319-28580-1

T3 - Trends in the History of Science

SP - 409

EP - 437

BT - Mathematical Cultures

A2 - Larvor, Brendan

PB - Springer

CY - Cham

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