I’ve created a trailer for my spring 2008 course, “Literature and Mathematics”; it is embedded below. The plan for the course is to investigate how mathematics and mathematicians are depicted in literature, particularly the ways in which these two themes are associated with delusions and insanity. I tried to emphasize these connections in the video (and make the course seem a little more interesting to prospective students).
Credits: The clips in the trailer are from MGM’s 1939 version of The Wizard of Oz, Darren Aronofsky’s Pi, Ron Howard’s A Beautiful Mind, and two episodes of The Simpsons, “Girls Just Want to Have Sums” and “Stop or My Dog Will Shoot.” The audio track is a modified version of Coldplay’s “Politik.”
Related: Course website design: Literature and Mathematics