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Who is your Favorite Fictional Mathematician?

  1. May 24, 2010 #1
    Who is your Favorite Fictional Mathematician?


    (1) Will Hunting(Good Will Hunting)
    (2) Charlie Eppes (Numb3rs)
    (3) Dr Ian Malcom (Jurassic Park)
    (4) The Calculator (Comic Book Villain)
    (5) The Riddler/Edward Nigma (Batman)
    (6) Raymond Babbit (Rain Man)
    (7) Professor Moriarty (Sherlock Holmes)
    (8) Professor Calculus (Tintin)
    (9) Jack Bristow (Alias)
    (10) Le Chiffre (Casino Royale)
    (11) Dexter (Dexter’s Lab)
    (12) Zane Donovan (Eureka)
    (13) Eddie Lawson (Waterloo Road)
    (14) Trillian Astra (The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy)
    (15) Other

    My favorite is Charlie Eppes (Numb3rs), what's yours?
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  3. May 24, 2010 #2
    The fictional John Nash in a beautiful mind. yes people will hate me.
  4. May 24, 2010 #3
    Gwyneth Paltrow from Proof, she's not only hot but also solved Riemann's hypothesis.
  5. May 24, 2010 #4
    That brings up a good question did they have any in star trek? Or did computers solve all math problems by that time?

    Hurm... Ya I'll go with data from star trek. The rest of the crew would be like we'll never figure out that "math" problem in time and he just spouts out the answer :)
  6. May 24, 2010 #5
    Wouldn't "fictional mathematicians" describe pure mathematicians as opposed to applied ones?
  7. May 24, 2010 #6
    If that's the case his whole list is out the window..
  8. May 24, 2010 #7


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    arrrgh, I voted for Charlie before I saw that you had Zane on that list :eek: Although to be fair, Zane is a theoretical physicist and computer programmer/hacker, not really a mathematician.
  9. May 24, 2010 #8
    Yet you don't have a problem with a cartoon character who has a secret lab in his parents house?

    [PLAIN]http://raoworld.files.wordpress.com/2009/01/facepalm.jpg [Broken]
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  10. May 24, 2010 #9
    hmmm I guess I'd have to go with charlie
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  12. May 24, 2010 #11
    Should I try to read the book or watch the movie? I haven't yet sadly :(
  13. May 25, 2010 #12
    Hitchhikers Guide? It is really quite good. If you like Monty Python figure Hitchhikers Guide as being much like if they had done sci fi. Douglas Adams (the author of the series) was actually a member of Monty Python for a while. The movie certainly was not nearly as good but that is just a normal expectation, it was fairly good in its own right I think.
  14. May 25, 2010 #13
    And where's HAL from Space Odyssey?
  15. May 25, 2010 #14

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    Cuthbert Calculus (number 8) was more of a scientist/inventor. I suppose he had to use math when designing his shark-submarine, but seriously...

    ...what's with this poll? :sardonic:
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