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Mathematics without ApologiesPortrait of a Problematic Vocation$
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Michael Harris

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780691175836

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691175836.001.0001

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Further Investigations of the Mind-Body Problem

Further Investigations of the Mind-Body Problem

(p.141) Chapter 6 Further Investigations of the Mind-Body Problem
Mathematics without Apologies

Michael Harris

Princeton University Press

This chapter deals with the question of whether mathematicians recognize themselves in the increasingly frequent cinematic images of their profession. It considers the work of Edward Frenkel, a mathematician and author, codirector, and star of a twenty-six- minute independent film entitled Rites of Love and Math, about a mathematician who has a secret love affair with a beautiful Japanese woman named Mariko. It suggests that Frenkel's Rites is consciously modeled on Mishima's film Yûkoku, also known as Patriotism or The Rite of Love and Death. Rites is also most explosively scandalous in its confusion of genres—practically a category mistake—focused precisely on the reconciliation Henric evokes of “spirit and flesh,” more classically known as the mind–body problem.

Keywords:   mathematicians, mind–body problem, Edward Frenkel, Rites of Love and Math, films

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