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Math movies

Postby Alpha Omicron » Wed Oct 24, 2007 8:05 pm UTC

Let's make a list!

-A Beautiful Mind

-Proof

I liked all of the above.
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Re: Math movies

Postby Mathmagic » Wed Oct 24, 2007 8:06 pm UTC

Mean Girls

At least my high school calculus teacher said so... they had to calculate a limit!

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Re: Math movies

Postby Torn Apart By Dingos » Wed Oct 24, 2007 8:15 pm UTC

Cube. Very cool movie. Its sequels aren't any good though.
Good Will Hunting

pi was cool. Proof was awful.

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Re: Math movies

Postby Alpha Omicron » Wed Oct 24, 2007 8:23 pm UTC

Torn Apart By Dingos wrote:Proof was awful.

Well, you have to remember it was a chick-flick written for a non-mathie audience.
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Re: Math movies

Postby scowdich » Wed Oct 24, 2007 8:28 pm UTC

I'm a big fan of Cube. A Beautiful Mind was also quite good. Um...

It occurs to me, after parsing through my semi-comprehensive collection, that there aren't really that many math movies.

Edit: What was that one romance involving Einstein's niece? Or am I just describing a dream I had when I was twelve?

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Re: Math movies

Postby Alpha Omicron » Wed Oct 24, 2007 8:30 pm UTC

scowdich wrote:Edit: What was that one romance involving Einstein's niece? Or am I just describing a dream I had when I was twelve?

No, I remember seeing part of that recently...
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Re: Math movies

Postby Mad_Gouki » Wed Oct 24, 2007 8:45 pm UTC

Good Will Hunting is just awesome, although it really has very little to do with math. PI was just freaky. The digits of PI spelled out Gods name or something right?

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Re: Math movies

Postby madprocess » Wed Oct 24, 2007 8:50 pm UTC

scowdich wrote:I'm a big fan of Cube. A Beautiful Mind was also quite good. Um...

It occurs to me, after parsing through my semi-comprehensive collection, that there aren't really that many math movies.

Edit: What was that one romance involving Einstein's niece? Or am I just describing a dream I had when I was twelve?


I think it was IQ

Enigma was a pretty decent movie about cracking the Enigma system during WWII.
And who could forget Donald in Mathmagic Land? Classic.

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Re: Math movies

Postby Alpha Omicron » Wed Oct 24, 2007 8:54 pm UTC

Re: Donald in Mathmagicland
Square roots!
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Re: Math movies

Postby 22/7 » Wed Oct 24, 2007 9:19 pm UTC

I'm pretty excited about "Flatland" coming out! Read the book back in high school and definitely thought about it as a movie (in my head... while reading...). I should really not watch so many movies.
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Re: Math movies

Postby Bluggo » Wed Oct 24, 2007 9:20 pm UTC

Évariste Galois.

Kind of politicized, but a great movie nonetheless, and Galois' awesomeness level is even greater that Feynman's.
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Re: Math movies

Postby Jessica » Wed Oct 24, 2007 9:30 pm UTC

Cube was kinda fun. Kinda. It was more really horrible though.
Cube 2: Hypercube was really really dumb. And quite horrible at that.
Never watched cube 0. I assume it's just as bad as the other two.

Man, Cube is such a terrible movie! At least the first movie had awesome people in it, like Mckay from Atlantis, and Ezri Dax from DS9.
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Re: Math movies

Postby Buttons » Wed Oct 24, 2007 10:30 pm UTC

Cube was the perfect kind of campy. I liked how the girl knew all the primes up to 1000, but factoring 3-digit numbers is apparently really really hard.

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Re: Math movies

Postby Alpha Omicron » Wed Oct 24, 2007 10:34 pm UTC

Read Flatland way back when. I thought it would make a good flash animated movie.
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Re: Math movies

Postby Jessica » Wed Oct 24, 2007 11:01 pm UTC

Oh man. It's terrible good. The kind of terrible you watch with friends and can't look away, because it's not actually that bad, but it really is.

Oh Cube, my love...
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Re: Math movies

Postby scowdich » Wed Oct 24, 2007 11:49 pm UTC

The great thing about Cube is it had a legendarily low budget - about 30 grand, IIRC. I may be off by a factor of 10.

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Re: Math movies

Postby aguacate » Thu Oct 25, 2007 12:50 am UTC

23 was awesome I thought. It gave me nightmares

edit: "The Number 23" I guess
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Re: Math movies

Postby Blatm » Thu Oct 25, 2007 1:54 am UTC

I liked Cube. Cube 2 was the worst movie evar. Cube 0 was better than the original. I got a kick on how they really really hyped up factoring 3 digit numbers after just about guessing the exact intricate obscure way the cube worked.

I didn't like pi at all. It just didn't do it for me.

I have yet to see Proof, but my friend says it's really good, so I will.

I can't think of any others off hand.

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Re: Math movies

Postby pi-3 orionis » Thu Oct 25, 2007 1:56 am UTC

I remember watching part of this one movie in my math class towards the end of the year a couple years ago. I don't remeber what it was called but it was about some math teacher teaching rhemedial algebra.

"A negative times a negative equals a positive".

Is the one line that really sticks out.

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Re: Math movies

Postby scowdich » Thu Oct 25, 2007 2:52 am UTC

Ah, "Stand and Deliver". It's about a bunch of inner-city-LA students who wanna take the AP calculus exam. Watched it in every - single - one of my AP classes in high school, so now I'm sick of it.

Not a bad movie altogether.

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Re: Math movies

Postby HenryS » Thu Oct 25, 2007 3:46 am UTC

I guess this kindof fits here:

"Not Knot", made around 1990 IIRC, is a short (16 minutes) movie, that goes from knots to geometry in a very accessible way, with some very cool computer graphics.

It's also up on youtube:

Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AGLPbSMxSUM
Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MKwAS5omW_w

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Re: Math movies

Postby evilbeanfiend » Thu Oct 25, 2007 8:47 am UTC

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Re: Math movies

Postby the tree » Thu Oct 25, 2007 11:38 am UTC

If we're allowing documenteries, then you can't leave out Look around you: Maths

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Re: Math movies

Postby McHell » Thu Oct 25, 2007 2:29 pm UTC

The flatland book disappointed me no end. It's always referenced in mathematical corners as so meaningful etc, but it's a really really annoying morality play at heart --- nothing mathematical at all. Except for the pictures, but those you get from the referencing parties already. What a waste of time. Now a move? Can't wait.

I thought The Cube failed as a movie. Great idea, great acting (within reason and above budget), but --- there just wasn't enough story to flesh out a movie. Cut the length in half and you have something tight! Didn't know there were any sequels or prequels; thanks, will avoid them like the plague.

**There is the TVseries Numb3rs, a run-of-the-mill detective series but its buddy plot twist is that every episode a different type of math is used to solve a crime, by some non-police math whiz that's... available (give the man a job, I'd say). Number theory, error-correcting codes, data mining-like stuff, ... . Challenge: use braid theory to solve a crime. Any crime. Make your own movie!

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Re: Math movies

Postby Alpha Omicron » Thu Oct 25, 2007 5:30 pm UTC

The Number 23: Wait 'till Robert Anton Wilson dies and then steal his ideas out-of-context? FUCK. THAT. SHIT.
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Re: Math movies

Postby Pesto » Thu Oct 25, 2007 7:40 pm UTC

Am I the only person who thought Pi was dumb?

He looked at the sun, and it gave him super math powers.
He essentially uses phrenology to take them away again.
Thinking about the number pi to much will make God kill you.

Lame, lame, lame.

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Re: Math movies

Postby McHell » Thu Oct 25, 2007 9:42 pm UTC

Don't take it too seriously, but yeah, Pi is a super movie.

The guy is paranoid and going far from the normal reality --- and you find that he makes no sense? Now there's a surprise.
It has a great soundtrack, the photography is brilliant, and acting and direction are simply great.

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Re: Math movies

Postby Alpha Omicron » Fri Oct 26, 2007 1:36 am UTC

Pesto wrote:My opinion about the film in question is Lame, lame, lame.

FYP.
McHell wrote:It has a great soundtrack, the cinematography is brilliant, and acting and direction are simply great.

Correct. I always cringe during the "theta" scene, though. And also, the digits of pi at the beginning are wrong after eight or so.
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Re: Math movies

Postby McHell » Fri Oct 26, 2007 8:17 am UTC

Strange that the digits go wrong, it's less time to look it up than to invent <reasonable looking> ones I guess... I didn't notice as I can reconstruct the first 20 quite quickly but that's it, not recognize.

**The Weird Al Jankovic clip "white and nerdy"! It has the first 500digits of Pi in there. Also, it's hilarious. Given how meticulous he is, I guess they'll be correct. [Edit: now I resee it, yes, also the Schroedinger equation is there!]

It's even more fun if you first (try to) watch the original video by Chamillionaire, "ridin'" [that's the usual loserly posing, "oh the police hate me but I'm so cool and they try to catch me while transporting contraband, why do they persecute me innocent criminal all the time? evil evil poliezz."]. No reasonable person can sit through that victimist crap, not with that music. Both are on youtube.

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Re: Math movies

Postby Alpha Omicron » Fri Oct 26, 2007 4:30 pm UTC

McHell wrote:**The Weird Al Jankovic clip "white and nerdy"! It has the first 500digits of Pi in there. Also, it's hilarious. Given how meticulous he is, I guess they'll be correct. [Edit: now I resee it, yes, also the Schroedinger equation is there!]

But it has "h" instead of "bar-h".

edit: fixed messed up quotes.
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Re: Math movies

Postby Pesto » Fri Oct 26, 2007 6:47 pm UTC

Alpha Omicron wrote:
Pesto wrote:My opinion about the film in question is Lame, lame, lame.

FYP.

:roll:

Alpha Omicron wrote:
McHell wrote:It has a great soundtrack, the cinematography is brilliant, and acting and direction are simply great.

My opinion is that McHell's opinion is correct.

FYP

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Re: Math movies

Postby zenten » Fri Oct 26, 2007 7:40 pm UTC

McHell wrote:Don't take it too seriously, but yeah, Pi is a super movie.

The guy is paranoid and going far from the normal reality --- and you find that he makes no sense? Now there's a surprise.
It has a great soundtrack, the photography is brilliant, and acting and direction are simply great.


Except every time from then on when you have a headache and see a drill you will have very disturbing thoughts.

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Re: Math movies

Postby daydalus » Fri Oct 26, 2007 7:57 pm UTC

Primer http://imdb.com/title/tt0390384/ is a pseudo-physics math movie. Paradoxes and time travel. Lots of technobabble and a recursive plot. Not bad for super low budget though.

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Re: Math movies

Postby of.hippo » Tue Oct 30, 2007 12:36 pm UTC

daydalus wrote:Primer http://imdb.com/title/tt0390384/ is a pseudo-physics math movie. Paradoxes and time travel. Lots of technobabble and a recursive plot. Not bad for super low budget though.


Not really mathy, but totally appropriate for this thread. I love this film.

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Re: Math movies

Postby Zohar » Tue Oct 30, 2007 4:03 pm UTC

I really disliked Primer. Overly complicated in a so-called sophisticated wrap.
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