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Mathematics Goes to the Movies

by Burkard Polster and Marty Ross

**The Ice Storm (1997)**

24:30

Two boys, Mikey and Sandy.

SANDY: Hey, Mikey?

MIKEY: Yeah?

SANDY: Geometry?

MIKEY: Sure, anything but this English.

Sandy gives Mikey his geometry text book.

SANDY: How come you are so good at math but not at English?

MIKEY: I'm not good at math. Just good at geometry.

MIKEY: It's like, you know when they say "two squared"? You think
it means 2 times 2, equals 4? But really they really mean a square. It's really
space, it's not numbers, it's space. And it's perfect space, but only in your
head, because you can't draw a perfect square in the material world, but in
your mind, you can have perfect space. You know?

SANDY: Yeah. But I just need some help with my homework.