4 out of 4 people found the following review useful:
Interesting and accessible lecture
bob the moo from United Kingdom
1 June 2008
After the disappointing extra of "Futurama Returns" I didn't have great
hopes for this extra since it was billing itself as a maths lecture
based on maths in the series. However it is actually pretty good
because it is interesting and engagingly presented. The small audience
for the lecture is made of the writers and producers of the show and
presented is Dr Sarah Greenwald a mathematician and Futurama fan.
What this does is inject the passion for both the subjects into
proceedings so that both subjects are done justice. Truth be told it is
more a case of Futurama being used as a vehicle to discuss maths and
this is made clear by the summing up at the end.
The slight downside of the approach is that it does feel a little
condescending at times like they are "making it simple for the lesser
people", but it is hard to avoid this when so many PhD's are discussing
their subject with one another at a level lower than they normally
would. This is a minor problem though because mostly the delivery is
accessible and interesting. It doesn't really deeply explain a lot of
things but it alludes to them in a way that feels more educational than
it actually is. Greenwald is quite a good presenter as passion and
structure in her lecture while also showing that she does work with
students a lot by the easy, engaging manner she has.
It doesn't do one thing really well but in this way it will appeal to
several groups. Casual viewers will find it an interesting extra and
one can see the value of it as a teaching aid.
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