I was thinking about OR's appearances in different popular culture elements (movies, TV shows, novels, music(?), etc.). I think it would be great if we can compile a list of works in which OR can be found in (in some way or form). This would also help us use pieces of pop culture to help others understand the potential of OR.

I can start this off by mentioning:

  1. The Travelling Salesman Movie.
  2. Moneyball starring Brad Pitt (haven't watched the movie but got this from Michael Trick's blog! Definitely plan on watching it though now that I know about it).

Any other works? Can't wait to see your input!

asked 11 Oct '13, 14:29

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Websites like Mathematics in the Movies, Math and the Movies, & The Mathematical Movie Database provide quite comprehensive listings of movies and TV shows featuring math themes and puzzles (from "Good Will Hunting" or "A Beautiful Mind" [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FdAIXil-ttE] over "Die Hard with a Vengeance" [http://www.math.harvard.edu/~knill/mathmovies/swf/diehard2.html] to "The Simpsons" [amongst others: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2xIxA4KX8AI] and "Futurama" [in particular: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zFVgT3-PgLs&t=4m28s http://theinfosphere.org/Futurama_theorem]).


answered 12 Oct '13, 11:05

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answered 11 Oct '13, 21:53

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The TV show Numbers (or Numb3rs) has a number of episodes with an OR theme (network flow, game theory, etc.).


answered 12 Oct '13, 09:11

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Curious George solves a TSP in the episode "George's Chores".


answered 12 Oct '13, 14:16

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