### Abstract

Most people don't know that Michael Fellows' efforts to introduce mathematics to the public went beyond Computer Science Unplugged and engaged a bold, new venue - inventive, inquisitive theatre. He wrote several plays, but this chapter will only give a brief description of the Four Cowboy Melodramas of Mathematics. The term "melodrama" refers to a dramatic work that exaggerates plot and characters in order to appeal to the emotions. Each play proves at least one mathematical theorem. The dramas have been played on stage only a few times. � 2012 Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.

Original language | English |
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Title of host publication | The Multivariate Algorithmic Revolution and Beyond |

Editors | Hans L. Bodlaender, Rod Downey, Fedor V. Fomin, Daniel Marx |

Place of Publication | Berlin, Heidelberg, Germany |

Publisher | Springer |

Chapter | 8 |

Pages | 80-87 |

Number of pages | 8 |

ISBN (Electronic) | 978-3-642-30891-8 |

ISBN (Print) | 978-3-642-30890-1 |

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Publication status | Published - 2012 |

### Publication series

Name | Lecture Notes in Computer Science |
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Publisher | Springer |

Volume | 7370 |

ISSN (Electronic) | 0302-9743 |

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## Cite this

Rosamond, F. (2012). Passion Plays: Melodramas about Mathematics. In H. L. Bodlaender, R. Downey, F. V. Fomin, & D. Marx (Eds.),

*The Multivariate Algorithmic Revolution and Beyond*(pp. 80-87). (Lecture Notes in Computer Science; Vol. 7370). Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-30891-8_8