Saturday, April 26, 2008

Research and A Beautiful Mind

Hey again...

On another note about A Beautiful Mind, we did some research about the actual Nash for our paper as I suspect a lot of people did, and it is indeed interesting how they took his story and fit it into the narrative arcs that we discussed in class. In our paper we wrote some about the idea of the 'tragic hero' as part of the reason literature tends to portray mathematicians the way it does, perhaps to make them more accessible. That way everyone can identify with the character when they wouldn't otherwise probably be able to.

I thought the whole group research project was an interesting idea. I think how one divides up the work is an important part of it. I think we divided ours up along the lines of topics in our argument, and perhaps we should have done so along the lines of tasks, like research and writing or something. The problem with dividing up sections is that it's so easy to lose track of what you're trying to say. On the other hand since you have so many people writing you get a lot of material to work with and edit down, so you're left with a lot of good stuff hopefully.

Anyway I believe this is my last post. Bye everyone. Yay writing component! No but seriously it was a good class.


kdl63 said...

I thought the research paper project was very interesting. I too thought it was going to be a real hassel at first but then when everyone in the group did their part, ours came together pretty smoothly.

Ellen M said...

I agree that the project was an interesting experience. If I were to do it again, I would like to see what would happen if we split the work up differently.