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Math/Science Movies

Postby nash1429 » Wed Aug 24, 2011 4:51 am UTC

I searched a little bit for a topic like this but it seemed like most things were more about general science fiction that what I'm interested in. I'm looking for recommendations for movies that have mathematicians, scientists, and/or engineers in them. Preferably these movies would actually be focused on the individual and their work as opposed to having a peripheral character who works in STEM. I don't care if the movie is about real or fictional people and science fiction is all right too. Thanks!

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Re: Math/Science Movies

Postby doogly » Wed Aug 24, 2011 5:33 am UTC

The World is Not Enough has Dr. Christmas Jones, a nuclear physicist, in a prominent role.
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Re: Math/Science Movies

Postby AvatarIII » Wed Aug 24, 2011 9:39 am UTC

Primer springs to mind immediately, also Pi. And Contact's MC is a radioastronomer.

if you want to strect to TV, obviously you have the Big Bang Theory who's main characters are a theoretical physicist, and experimenal physisict, an astronomer and an engineer, then you have shows like Numb3rs etc.

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Re: Math/Science Movies

Postby Tryss » Wed Aug 24, 2011 10:03 am UTC

You have also Good Will Hunting

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Postby Ended » Wed Aug 24, 2011 11:03 am UTC

And A Beautiful Mind, which is about John Nash.
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Re: Math/Science Movies

Postby AvatarIII » Wed Aug 24, 2011 11:26 am UTC

would Apollo 13 count? Astronauts are a type of scientist, and a major part of the movie is about engineering solutions.

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Re: Math/Science Movies

Postby doogly » Wed Aug 24, 2011 1:15 pm UTC

uuuugh, pi is a move about headaches, not math. it was supremely disappointing to me.
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Re: Math/Science Movies

Postby AvatarIII » Wed Aug 24, 2011 1:27 pm UTC

doogly wrote:uuuugh, pi is a move about headaches, not math. it was supremely disappointing to me.


very few movies are going to be entirely about mathematics, but pi has enough mathematics in to deserve a mention in this thread.

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Re: Math/Science Movies

Postby doogly » Wed Aug 24, 2011 1:34 pm UTC

uuuugh. this is why most of the math and science folks i know just stick with star wars.
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Re: Math/Science Movies

Postby LaserGuy » Wed Aug 24, 2011 3:44 pm UTC

Most of the books by Michael Crichton feature characters with Ph.Ds, typically in math and science, and at least some of them have become pretty decent films (Jurassic Park, the first one at least).

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Re: Math/Science Movies

Postby IIAOPSW » Thu Sep 01, 2011 8:48 pm UTC

not strictly in the movie category, and not exactly "hard sci-fi",

but how could we possibly neglect Dr. Gordon Freemen.
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