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short list of maths in films - that can be recommended

Discussion in 'Mathematics' started by armandine2, Feb 14, 2017.

  1. armandine2

    armandine2 Established commenter

  2. adamcreen

    adamcreen Occasional commenter

    the scene in National Treasure 2 Book Of Secrets where Nicolas Cage, Ed Evil and the two tinies are trapped on a balanced stone ledge using only centre of mass to figure out a solution
  3. adamcreen

    adamcreen Occasional commenter

    the Harold and Kumar square root of 3 poem in Harold and Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay
  4. adamcreen

    adamcreen Occasional commenter

    NOT "A Beautiful Mind" - the whole thing is made up in his head anyway, and the explanation of Nash and the girls in the bar is really badly presented
  5. adamcreen

    adamcreen Occasional commenter

    NOT "X + Y", unless you are trying to convince any young autistic geniuses that you have that in a fictional version of their life they will get onto the Olympiad team and get married to a Chinese woman after their father dies
  6. primenumbers

    primenumbers New commenter

    But it is based on a true story. Although they got divorced in the end.
    The man who knew infinity is a good one.
    Or if you want to see essy Maths made to look difficult, good will hunting.

    I prefer documentaries to films.
  7. PFCDaz

    PFCDaz New commenter

    the scene from die hard with a vengeance when samuel l jackson and bruce willis have to difuse a bomb by getting exactly the right amount of water in one jug using 2 jugs of the wrong size. I used a clip of this once to begin a lesson that involved lots of versions of this puzzle...
    BBO555 and simonbfc like this.
  8. armandine2

    armandine2 Established commenter

  9. Colleen_Young

    Colleen_Young Occasional commenter

  10. bombaysapphire

    bombaysapphire Star commenter

    Enigma, Flatland the Movie.
  11. laura2222

    laura2222 New commenter

    Taken 2 has a scene about loci.
  12. mike372

    mike372 New commenter

    I uploaded this video :)

    I did it in my PGCE year and I remember it being a hassle to remove all the swearing! Watching it slowly creep up to 170,000 views has been quite strange.
  13. MacGuyver

    MacGuyver Occasional commenter

    I've not watched it, but been meaning to for ages. Fermat's Room. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1016301/
    In short, 4 mathematicians are trapped in a room and forced to solve problems, if they fail then bad things happen.
  14. jonwood_uk

    jonwood_uk New commenter

    Not a film but there are some interesting scenes in the series 'Numbers'

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