May 2nd, 2004

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Numbers are cool (part 1)

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Numbers are cool (part 2)

So, last weekend, I spent a lot of time mowing and weeding and all that productive homeownerly stuff.

This weekend, I've done next to none. I've been doing other little projects, buying up ostensibly the worst music ever, finding posters to embarrass my boss, time well spent.

Today, I decided to take in a matinee of "Proof". This is a play about a woman who has just turned 25 and is concerned about how much of her mathematician father's path lies before her. The father had contributed groundbreaking proofs to three major branches of mathematics by her age. Then he began the downhill slide into obscurity. And then into insanity.

She's concerned about both - whether she has any contributions to math to offer, and if she's doomed to losing her mind like her father.

Yes, it is very reminiscent of "A Beautiful Mind".


Really very well done, and the playwright got much of the math right, which would have upset me had the math been handled any less skillfully. The actors even spoke their lines as though they understood Gauss and Number Theory and proofs.


I'd love to see this made into a movie so that I could go out and buy the DVD.