The Scarecrow’s Blunder: Mathematics and Statistics

  • Kevin R. Grazier
  • Stephen Cass
Part of the Science and Fiction book series (SCIFICT)


If physics tells the story of the Universe, and mathematics its language, then one might be tempted to believe that, as onscreen depictions of science and scientists improve, mathematics and mathematicians would be similarly uplifted. Unfortunately, onscreen depictions of anything math-related has been a mixed bag in recent years. This has not always been the case. In the past, filmmakers were more comfortable with math, probably because the viewing populace was more comfortable with it. In fact, the best explanation for an onscreen mathematical mistake by a beloved character was that it was actually a gag inserted intentionally by the filmmakers.

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© Springer International Publishing AG 2017

Authors and Affiliations

  • Kevin R. Grazier
    • 1
  • Stephen Cass
    • 2
  1. 1.SylmarUSA
  2. 2.New YorkUSA

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