Some math(s)-themed news items from the weekend.
Simon Singh’s book The Simpons and Their Mathematical Secrets was featured on the latest edition of Science Friday. Singh was joined by David Cohen, one of the writer-producers behind both The Simpsons and Futurama, two animated programs that have involved math and science jokes in their animation.
Coincidentally, there was a recent announcement in Variety about a film on a pair of mathematicians mentioned in the Science Friday piece (H/T Simon Singh). The Man Who Knew Infinity is a film about the Indian mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan. Dev Patel will play Ramanujan and Jeremy Irons will play G. H. Hardy, who invited Ramanujan to study with him at Cambridge. Production is scheduled to start next year. This work is based on a biography of Ramanujan, and is distinct from the script A First Class Man, written by David Freeman and recognized in 2007 at the Tribeca Film Festival. While it apparently attracted the attention of at least one director, that project does not appear to be anywhere near filming.
Finally, Danica McKellar will be recognized by the Joint Policy Board of Mathematics with its 2014 Communications Award. The Joint Policy Board represents the American Mathematical Society, the American Statistical Society, the Mathematical Association of America and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, and will present the award during the Joint Mathematics Meetings in Baltimore next month. McKellar is being recognized for her work in mathematics education, which is most visible in her series of four books on mathematics aimed at young kids (mainly at girls, but boys can certainly benefit from them as well). With any luck the Nerdist YouTube channel will start airing her math program sometime in 2014.