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May 27th, 2014, 01:23 PM   #1
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What Are Your Favourite Mathematical Movie Scenes, or Movies?

Would just like to share with you some of my favourite mathematical scenes in movies and also mathematical movies.

If there are some interesting scenes or movies I haven't mentioned, please give us some additions...

*Tron Introduction: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dphkp4J3L1U

What's spectacular about this intro is the Cartesian grid. From this grid, the z axis emerges along with 3 dimensional structures. Kevin Flynn talks about this grid, as if it was a system he never knew existed. By understanding the grid and its relationship to logic and computing - he was able to create virtual spaces, and found himself within one of his own virtual spaces.

*https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kVTPwPh7ioU

Here Donald Duck enters a mathematical world he did not realise existed. To understand the mathematical world he first takes a little journey through history, then gets his mind cleansed in order to compute efficiently and understand how important mathematics is to science.

*https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IJaypC51Dds

Another grid type opening, where you find yourself falling into a mathematical black hole.

*https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K3OXs_5AD2A

Neo meets the Architect in the Matrix.

*https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U_ytm34YVCU

Stephen Hawking - The Movie

*https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tOzTikUdvuU

Kevin Flynn gets spaghettified in this Tron scene. He enters a geometrical virtual world.

I chose these movie scenes due to my interest in ideas such as the holographic principle, the simulation hypothesis and the mathematical universe hypothesis. I'm also interested in how games are developed, and have read a few documents on information theory.
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Anything from The Matrix gets my top vote. Here's one I like , professor trying to put out fire to math proof.

From Good Will Hunting

GWH burning paper value - YouTube

Jeniffer Conelly at the window in A Beatiful mind ,

A Beautiful Mind (5/11) Movie CLIP - Alicia's Solution (2001) HD - YouTube

I'm not sure it's math but i'm sure J. F. Nash thought it was , he married her!

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The scene in GWH is quite a powerful one. I had seen it quite a while back.

You can be a genius, but without humility and the ability to understand fellow human beings, you may never reach your potential and society may never benefit from what you have to offer.

On the other hand, people in general have to question why they ostracise those who have greater intellectual capabilities.

It's sad how both sets of people don't usually get along. It seems as though the answer to these problems lie in the way we communicate to one another. Sometimes our words can be too harsh and insensitive. Sometimes we can be too impatient.
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The Gambler 1974 .

So sad, because it is so true.
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Movies:

1) A Beautiful Mind- (Dr. John Forbes Nash, always my favourite.)

2) Torn Curtain- (Paul Newman- based on Alfred Hitchcock's Novel)

3) The Core - (Aaron Eckhart et.al)

4) Independence Day- (Favourite scene-When David discovers that alien ship could be infected by virus and be disabled. But I have a question to all viewers and mathematicians :- If those aliens could build such huge and sophisticated space-ships, wouldn't they install some sophisticated Anti-virus and firewalls like Mccafee, Avira,AVG or any of their own indigeniously built anti-virus in their own space-ships. I think there is a blunder in the movie !
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Math Focus: Wibbly wobbly timey-wimey stuff.
It's not a movie, but I suppose it counts after a fashion. I had an amusing moment watching "The Big Bang Theory." The camera showed a scene focused on Sheldon's whiteboard. I noted that whereas the board was indeed filled with QFT equations, one of them was wrong.

-Dan
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