The Man Who Knew Infinity

There are not many movies about mathematics or mathematicians and there are even less popular movies about the subject (Good Will Hunting,  A Beautiful Mind  are a couple of examples).  So when I saw the movie “The Man Who Knew Infinity” on Netflix I eagerly watched it.  I remember seeing a picture of Srinivasa Ramanujan in my math text book when I was a high school student and reading a small caption about him telling me that he was a brilliant mathematician who developed theorems despite having grown up in poverty without formal education.  I wanted to watch the movie because I wanted to know…

How the Pythagorean Theorem says the Blue Jays will win the American League East Division!

I’ll bet you might still remember the Pythagorean Theorem from grade 9 math class.  You know the one that related the sides of the any right angle triangle with a2 + b2 = c2, where c is the “hypotenuse” while a & b are the lengths of the other two sides.  You’ve probably even know how to use it to solve “find the length of the missing side” problems.  What you may not know is that it is actually able to help you make remarkably accurate predictions about how many games a baseball team will win based on how many…