Mathematical Images and Identities: Education, entertainment, social justice -- Mathematical Images and Gender Identities


text analysis

We asked GCSE students and university undergraduates for examples of mathematics in popular culture in both a survey and in focus groups. We then analysed a sample of these. On this page we have listed the huge range of examples people listed on the survey including websites, computer games, TV programmes, songs, films and books. Wherever possible we’ve added a link to a page with more information about it. You can also download all the comments from the survey and the focus groups and the framework we used to analyse the texts.

comments from survey data - comments from focus groups - analytic framework

Numbers in brackets indicate how often how often these subjects came up in the survey.

A Beautiful Mind (58) Mission Impossible 1 (1) Dr Kawashima's brain training (2) Countdown (85) The Brain Game (1) Music of the Primes (4)
Good Will Hunting (20) Mission Impossible 3 (1) Fermat's Last Theorem (7) Deal or No Deal (7) Newsround (1) Audiocrush (podcast) (1)
Rainman (4) Matilda (1) I Was Always Bad at Maths (1) Who Wants to be a Millionaire (2) Grange Hill (1) Get Rid of Your Maths Gremlins (4)
Pi (7) Dambusters (1) Godel Escher Bach (1) Weakest Link (2) Open University (1) Mambo Number 5 (Lou Bega) (1)

Stand and Deliver (3)

The Da Vinci Code (5) Digital Fortress (2) Kiddy.com (1) Futurama (1) Yellow Submarine (The Beatles) (1)
Catch Me If You Can (2) Enigma (1) Jurassic Park (1) Numb3rs (5) Stephen Hawking on Simpsons/Richard and Judy (3) Come Together (Aerosmith) (1)
Back to the Future (2) The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time (12) Chess (1) Beauty and the Geek (2) Eggheads (1) Quizzes, horoscopes, articles in magazines (Cosmopolitan, Sugar) (12)
Oceans 11 (1) Johnny Ball (1) Monopoly (4) Solitaire (1) Tweenies (1)

Runescape (1)

Don't Know Much About History (Sam Cook) (1) Sudoku (54) BBC bitesize (117) The Apprentice (1) Simpsons (1) Tetris (1)
Cut Chemist/DJ Shadow (1) Number Criss Cross (1) Wikipedia (1) Mean Girls (1) Friends (1) Primer (1)
Dirty Desperadoes (1) Logic Puzzles (1) Wolfram.com (1) The Lottery (1) My wife and kids (2) Sport (cricket, tennis, football, darts, snooker) (4)
Einstein (2) News items (financial and about maths) (3)

Google (1)

Test the Nation (1) Unpredictable (Jamie Foxx) (1) The Price is Right (1)
Russ Noble (1) My maths (32) Radio quizzes (4) Dr Who (1)
Knights of the Old Republic (1)
Puzzle Pirates (1)
The Prestige (1)