Abstract / Synopsis
In Andy Weir’s novel The Martian, the characters encounter high-stakes, life-or-death situations, in which they must make choices based on their assessment of risk and likely outcomes. They have different reactions to risky situations, based on their approaches to assessing risk and their perspectives on the stakes involved. In this paper, we examine the ways that characters in The Martian intuitively assess risk and compare them to mathematical analysis of the situations in the book.
Cobb, S. C. and Hood, J. B. "Mathematical Arguments in Favor of Risk in Andy Weir's The Martian," Journal of Humanistic Mathematics, Volume 8 Issue 1 (January 2018), pages 94-107. DOI: 10.5642/jhummath.201801.06 . Available at: http://scholarship.claremont.edu/jhm/vol8/iss1/6