Upcoming! Math Movie Nights During Finals

On Monday, December 5th, 2011 we will be showing the movie

*Knowing*staring Nicolas Cage. It will be shown in the Math Lab at 7:00 p.m. Watch the trailer, and then come take a break!*"A teacher opens a time capsule that has been dug up at his son's elementary school; in it are some chilling predictions -- some that have already occurred and others that are about to -- that lead him to believe his family plays a role in the events that are about to unfold. "*

~imdb.com

On Tuesday, December 6th, 2011 we suggest the movie

On Tuesday, December 6th, 2011 we suggest the movie

*Infinity*staring Matthrew Broderick and Arlene Arquette. It can be viewed on Hulu for free (with some commercials) any time. Watch the movie at home.*"(This movie is) about the early years of Richard Feynman, up to the completion of the Manhattan Project, and the death of his wife. What I like particularly is a scene in NYC's Chinatown where [Feynman] races a herbalist using an abacus to approximate the cube root of 1729.1 (I think). [Feynman] uses a linear approximation, which he explains clearly and properly to his fiance. This is the only movie of my experience that actually presents the math correctly - well except for "Stand and Deliver".**Math Fiction -- maintained by Alex Kasman*On Wednesday, December 7th, 2011 we will be showing the seldom-seen Hitchcock movie

*Torn Curtain*staring Paul Newton and Julie Andrews. It will be shown in the Math Lab at 7:00 p.m. Watch the trailer, and then come take a break!*"Professor Armstrong (Paul Newman) pretends to defect to the other side of the iron curtain to learn of the secret "star wars"-like defense plan discovered by the brilliant Dr. Lindt. Fiancee (Julie Andrews) follows him against his wishes. In the only mathematical scene in the movie, Armstrong tricks Lindt into revealing his results by writing irritatingly incorrect formulas on the blackboard. Lindt cannot stop himself from correcting Armstrong's errors, thereby revealing the secret portions of his research. Though the math is bogus (looks like classical mechanics of oscillators from the little bit I saw) the film does convey the idea that the formulas are important, are the subject of research, and that the research is published in journals."*

On Thursday, December 8th, 2011 we will be showing the (unexpected) Tina Fey movie

*Mean Girls*staring Lindsay Lohan. It will be shown in the Math Lab at 7:00 p.m. Watch the trailer, and then come take a break!"

*I found all of the math in this film to be on point. I also liked how the social problems of teenagers adjusting to new settings was presented. I was glad to see "Math" win in the end. Her performance at the math competition was the highlight of the movie for me. Another good scene is when Lohan's character accepts tutoring for the popular boy even thought she does not need it. I have had and seen students just like this in my own math classes".*

*Math Fiction -- maintained by Alex Kasman*

On Friday, December 9th, 2011 we will be showing the intelligent Tom Stoppard movie

*Enigma*staring Dougray Scott and Kate Winslet. Mick Jagger is one of its producers. It will be shown in the Math Lab at 7:00 p.m. Watch the trailer and then come relax with friends.

Past Movies!

On November 14th, 2011 we showed the movie

*Codebreaker*about Alan Turing.

On September 26th, 2011 we showed

*The Professor and His Beloved Equation.*

*"This is the story between single mother housekeeper and mathematics professor,who has a brain damage. "*

*~*imdb.com

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