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Rhetoric and the Math Melodrama

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about how math has found its way into popular culture and entertainment (see: Good Will Hunting, A Beautiful Mind, etc). reviews two math genre books: The Wild Numbers by Philibert Schogt (apparently awful) and Uncles Petros & Goldbach's Conjecture by Apostolos Doxiadis (apparently less awful). both, however, have a problem with defining their audience (i.e., it's unclear for whom the books are written: people who love math? people who know nothing about math?). mostly just DFW showing off how much he knows about math, but not terrible.

Foster Wallace, D. (None). Rhetoric and the Math Melodrama. In Foster Wallace, D. Both Flesh and Not: Essays. , pp. 209-242

a speech or piece of writing that praises someone or something highly (plural: encomia). as the adjective encomiastic, means bestowing praise, eulogistic, laudatory

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these novels' lofty, encomiastic view of pure math

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these novels' lofty, encomiastic view of pure math

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a category of writing derived from the French phrase meaning "beautiful" or "fine" writing; includes all literary works—especially fiction, poetry, drama, or essays—valued for their aesthetic qualities and originality of style and tone

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books like these are belles lettres, literature, for which the audience is, again, usually small and rather specialized

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books like these are belles lettres, literature, for which the audience is, again, usually small and rather specialized

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(adjective) very flowery in style; ornate / tinged with red; ruddy / marked by emotional or sexual fervor / elaborately or excessively intricate or complicated

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whose florid life story

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whose florid life story

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(noun) a literary term coined by Alexander Pope to describe to describe amusingly failed attempts at sublimity (an effect of anticlimax created by an unintentional lapse in mood from the sublime to the trivial or ridiculous); adj is "bathetic"

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Also vague and kind of bathetic is the novel's depiction of actual mathematical work

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Also vague and kind of bathetic is the novel's depiction of actual mathematical work

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a stupid, awkward, or unlucky person

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the neurotic schlemiel

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the neurotic schlemiel

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a grammatical mistake in speech or writing

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riddled with ESL-ish solecisms

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riddled with ESL-ish solecisms

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(verb) to gain or regain the favor or goodwill of; appease

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the Minotaur, a hideous teratoid monster who has to be secreted in a special labyrinth and propitiated with human flesh

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the Minotaur, a hideous teratoid monster who has to be secreted in a special labyrinth and propitiated with human flesh

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