MATH IN THE ARTS
PopCoThe novel PopCo by Scarlett Thomas is many different things at once. It is a psychological study of the social pressures on a teenage girl in a new school. It presents a sort of "conspiracy theory" about the manipulation of consumers by advertisers and manufacturers (and a "counter-conspiracy" by an underground movement). It parodies the events at a corporate retreat, where workers are forced to participate in morale building exercises. It also tells an adventurous story of pirates and the modern rediscovery of long hidden treasure. Surprisingly, PopCo is also a particularly good example of "mathematical fiction".
And so begins Alex Kasman's review of PopCo by Scarlett Thomas which appeared in the January 2006 issue of the American Mathematical Society's Notices. Read the review here.
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