My Grad School Advisor’s Textbook in ‘Spider-Man 2’

My graduate school advisor, Steven Strogatz (known for his recent New York Times column about math) wrote an extremely well-regarded foundational textbook on nonlinear dynamics and chaos, called appropriately, Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos. Back when I was in grad school, Steve had a screen shot from Spider-Man 2, where visible on the the shelf above Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) is this very textbook, second from the top:

This scene takes place after Peter Parker renounces his superheroics and buckles down on his studies (for those who want to check, it’s 1:04:50 into the film). Unfortunately, this bit of trivia is nowhere to be found online, so I felt the world should know that a superhero reads Steve’s textbook (as well as another Cornell professor’s textbook).