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14th Aug '16 1:44:14 PM nombretomado
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* DoctorSteel is a mad scientist who sings about the ''Fibonacci Sequence''.
* JonathanCoulton is apparently of the opinion that now and again, a great mathematician will come along and actually ''decrease'' the madness of the field by solving or figuring out something that had been flummoxing his compatriots, if the first verse of the song ''Mandlebrot Set'' is anything to go by.

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* DoctorSteel Music/DoctorSteel is a mad scientist who sings about the ''Fibonacci Sequence''.
* JonathanCoulton Music/JonathanCoulton is apparently of the opinion that now and again, a great mathematician will come along and actually ''decrease'' the madness of the field by solving or figuring out something that had been flummoxing his compatriots, if the first verse of the song ''Mandlebrot Set'' is anything to go by.
9th Aug '16 11:12:48 PM PaulA
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* In {{Dragaera}}, the Dragaerans of the House of the Athyra who study pure logic and philosophy tend to become cold and evil, driven to pursue their studies at the expense of anything and anyone.

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* In {{Dragaera}}, Literature/{{Dragaera}}, the Dragaerans of the House of the Athyra who study pure logic and philosophy tend to become cold and evil, driven to pursue their studies at the expense of anything and anyone.
7th Aug '16 12:37:11 PM nombretomado
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* In TheDCU, the sentient GreenLantern mathematical progression Dkrtzy RRR was discovered by mad mathematician Timph Rye, who sought to prove that willpower could be derived formulaically. Dkrtzy RRR is itself of suspect mental stability; its tendency to corrode the minds of its enemies from the inside is... controversial among the ranks of the Corps.

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* In TheDCU, Franchise/TheDCU, the sentient GreenLantern mathematical progression Dkrtzy RRR was discovered by mad mathematician Timph Rye, who sought to prove that willpower could be derived formulaically. Dkrtzy RRR is itself of suspect mental stability; its tendency to corrode the minds of its enemies from the inside is... controversial among the ranks of the Corps.
21st May '16 1:04:15 PM erforce
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** [[Film/{{Ghostbusters}} "That would have worked if you hadn't stopped me."]]

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** [[Film/{{Ghostbusters}} [[Film/{{Ghostbusters 1984}} "That would have worked if you hadn't stopped me."]]
9th May '16 12:29:02 PM MsChibi
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* Ned's math teacher in ''Series/NedsDeclassifiedSchoolSurvivalGuide'' is shown to be more than a little bit off her rocker. She uses a lot of the MadScientist tropes as well.
19th Feb '16 9:42:55 AM Rubber_Lotus
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* ''Film/SherlockHolmesAGameOfShadows'' conflates Professor Moriarty's legitimate mathematical research with his criminal career, especially if you read any of the articles on the actual (non-evil) mathematicians the filmmakers consulted with in order to design his personal financial code. [[http://www.oxfordmartin.ox.ac.uk/blog/view/131]]

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* ''Film/SherlockHolmesAGameOfShadows'' conflates Professor Moriarty's legitimate mathematical research with his criminal career, especially if you read any of the articles on [[https://www.siam.org/pdf/news/1966.pdf the actual (non-evil) mathematicians mathematicians]] the filmmakers consulted with in order to design his personal financial code. [[http://www.oxfordmartin.ox.ac.uk/blog/view/131]]code.
28th Jan '16 10:16:31 AM Morgenthaler
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* [[EnsembleDarkhorse John Givings]] from ''RevolutionaryRoad''. After a mental breakdown, he's placed in the care of his parents. At first, he praises and admires the Wheelers for their desire to have something more out of life, rather than a conformist suburban existence. After they've abandoned these plans, he [[ClusterFBomb calls them out on their hypocrisy]].

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* [[EnsembleDarkhorse John Givings]] from ''RevolutionaryRoad''.''Film/RevolutionaryRoad''. After a mental breakdown, he's placed in the care of his parents. At first, he praises and admires the Wheelers for their desire to have something more out of life, rather than a conformist suburban existence. After they've abandoned these plans, he [[ClusterFBomb calls them out on their hypocrisy]].



* John Givings from ''RevolutionaryRoad'' (see above).

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* John Givings from ''RevolutionaryRoad'' ''Literature/RevolutionaryRoad'' (see above).
15th Jan '16 12:31:57 PM Anddrix
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Clearly, [[WritersCannotDoMath many writers]] (and [[ViewersAreMorons viewers]]) [[EverybodyHatesMathematics fear and dread mathematics]]. On rare occasion, a character is found who possesses a defining trait of having delved deeply into the study of profound mathematical knowledge. These characters are, as a rule, insane. It is not necessarily clear whether [[GoodWithNumbers advanced number theory]] is itself [[TheseAreThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow destructive to sanity]] (as with some forms of FormulaicMagic), or whether [[PowerBornOfMadness the insane are drawn to maths]]; nonetheless, the correlation seems to exist.

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Clearly, [[WritersCannotDoMath many writers]] (and [[ViewersAreMorons viewers]]) viewers) [[EverybodyHatesMathematics fear and dread mathematics]]. On rare occasion, a character is found who possesses a defining trait of having delved deeply into the study of profound mathematical knowledge. These characters are, as a rule, insane. It is not necessarily clear whether [[GoodWithNumbers advanced number theory]] is itself [[TheseAreThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow destructive to sanity]] (as with some forms of FormulaicMagic), or whether [[PowerBornOfMadness the insane are drawn to maths]]; nonetheless, the correlation seems to exist.
12th Dec '15 4:26:02 AM BentusiAvatar
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* The ''VideoGame/{{BioShock|1}}'' DLC Minerva's Den has Reed Wahl, the co-inventor of the supercomputer known as The Thinker whose [[PsychoSerum splicing induced madness]] manifested in a delusion of the existence of a 'predictive equation' that would allow him to see the future, the "discovery" of which depended on The Thinker. The titular Minerva's Den is covered in numbers and algebraic symbols in paint, chalk and blood from dozens of corpses, all presumably Wahl's work. Wahl also has the habit of stating that pretty much all of Sigma's actions (including ''dying'') have either been foreseen by the Thinker or that they're "slightly behind schedule".

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* The ''VideoGame/{{BioShock|1}}'' ''[[VideoGame/BioShock2 BioShock 2]]'' DLC Minerva's Den has Reed Wahl, the co-inventor of the supercomputer known as The Thinker whose [[PsychoSerum splicing induced madness]] manifested in a delusion of the existence of a 'predictive equation' that would allow him to see the future, the "discovery" of which depended on The Thinker. The titular Minerva's Den is covered in numbers and algebraic symbols in paint, chalk and blood from dozens of corpses, all presumably Wahl's work. Wahl also has the habit of stating that pretty much all of Sigma's actions (including ''dying'') have either been foreseen by the Thinker or that they're "slightly behind schedule".
23rd Aug '15 7:13:23 AM Saber15
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* In ''Literature/DiamondDogs'', the explorers of a BigDumbObject in a uninhabited system have been progressively replacing most of their body and augmenting their minds in order to pass the lethal [[OnlySmartPeopleMayPass mathematical and astrophysical tests]] to find out what lies in the center of the object. By the end of the novella, the explorers are [[BrainInAJar full-body prosthetic]] dog-like creatures enshrouded in diamond armor, which are completely incapable of functioning in society due to their augments and mathematical oriented minds. The cyborg MadScientist who augmented proceeded to [[DrivenToSuicide take himself apart]] piece by piece while the explorers were in the object to make sure that he couldn't undo his 'greatest work'
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