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19Aug/120

Dora Musielak – Inspired by Math #10

Note: The first minute or so of the audio is choppy but it's fine after that.

About Dora Musielak


Dr. Dora Musielak is a research professor, the recipient of two NASA research fellowships, and teaches science and mathematics for engineers and scientists. She is member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), the Association of Women in Science (AWIS), and the Association for Women in Mathematics,(AWM).

In addition to her research, Dr. Musielak is an enthusiastic promoter of the history of women in mathematics and gives talks to inspire young women. Musielak is also the author of Kuxan Suum: Path to the Center of the Universe, an unusual popular science book combining topics from astrophysics and astronautics. She is currently studying the history of mathematics, focusing on the 17th and 18th centuries.

About Sophie's Diary

Sophie’s Diary: A Mathematical Novel is a work of fiction inspired by French mathematician Sophie Germain. It chronicles the coming of age of a teenager learning mathematics on her own, growing up during the most turbulent years of the French Revolution. The fictionalized diary uses mathematics, intertwined with historically-accurate accounts of the social chaos that reigned in Paris between 1789 and 1794, to describe the learning journey of a remarkable girl that became the first and only woman in history to make a substantial contribution to the proof of Fermat’s Last Theorem.

Sophie Germain was born in Paris in 1776. Little is known about her childhood or about her initiation into mathematics. Her first biographers wrote that, as a young woman, she assumed the name of a male student at the École Polytechnique to submit her own work to Lagrange. Yet, no biography has explained how Germain studied mathematics before that time to encourage such boldness. Sophie’s Diary is an attempt to put in perspective how a self-taught girl could have acquired the knowledge to enter the world of Lagrange’s analysis.

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7Aug/120

Seth Caplan & Dano Johnson – Inspired by Math #9

About the Flatland Movies

The official website for Flatland the Movie is here.

The Sphereland site is here.

The facebook coordinates are here and their twitter link is here.

About Seth Caplan - Producer

Seth Caplan is an award winning filmmaker who has produced an acclaimed collection of feature films, animated movies, and documentary programs. He was awarded the John Cassavetes Independent Spirit Award for his film "IN SEARCH OF A MIDNIGHT KISS" which was released in over 100 theaters in the United States and over 20 countries internationally. Seth co-wrote and produced "FLATLAND: The Movie", an animated film starring the voices of Martin Sheen, Kristen Bell, and Michael York that has already been seen by over 1 million students around the world and has been licensed by the U.S. State Department and Ministries of Education in numerous countries including The Netherlands, South Korea, and Argentina.

His movies have been featured at film festivals around the world including: The Tribeca Film Festival, SXSW, The Edinburgh Film Festival, Chicago International Film Festival, AFI Fest, Raindance, Woodstock, Istandbul, Bangkok, Krakow, Sarajevo, New Zealand and many more. In addition, his films have been televised on the Sundance Channel, IFC, PBS, Starz and NBC/Universal Sports Network.

Seth has served on the jury for the Austin Film Festival and for the Piaget Independent Producer of the Year award. He holds degrees from the University of Texas at Austin and an M.F.A. from the American Film Institute where he was awarded a student Emmy and Academy Award nomination for his thesis film "Duncan Removed".

About Dano Johnson - Writer/Director

Dano began his career at the SESAME WORKSHOP in New York City. While there he worked in the creative development department to produce new children's educational series. He then set out to create his own educational videos such as "Captain Can Takes on Garbage" and "Zowzoo and Friends" that can be found in schools, libraries, and WIC centers across the country.

Dano has won Telly and Emmy awards for his animated political and educational web videos. In addition, he has directed and animated comedic videos for the New York Dolls, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Hayes Carll, and economist Charlie Wheelan. His work has won awards at the Austin Film Festival, SXSW Film Festival, the Bradford Animation Festival, and the Berlin MathFilm Festival.

Dano Johnson's proudest achievement is co-writing, directing, and animating "FLATLAND: The Movie", an educational adaptation of the classic novel starring Martin Sheen, Kristen Bell, and Michael York. "Flatland: The Movie" is now in schools around the world inspiring children about math and science.

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