I need suggestions for Math Movies
March 7, 2007 5:39 PM Subscribe
(Stereotype-flouting) Math Movie Suggestions Needed for a pi-day celebration. I'm looking for movies that don't portray mathematicians as schizophrenic or otherwise deranged.
posted by ZeroDivides to Media & Arts (30 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
I am an undergraduate mathematics student, hosting a pi-day celebration. I am searching for math movies! (Preferably math, not engineering or chemistry or whatnot... ) But there is a problem! As this will be a gathering of people who think math is fun, exciting, and something worth studying, I'd like to avoid the typical "you have to be crazy to like math" stereotype.
For instance, the movie Pi is definitely out, because the main character is deranged and likes to get friendly with power drills.
Anything involving schizophrenia is out. (A beautiful mind, Proof, etc.)
I'd like to avoid the whole "all mathematicians are autistic savants who can tell you the square root of 13 to ten decimal places on demand" sorts of things, too, but I think this stereotype is a little more livable than the schizophrenia, mentally-unstable one.
Basically, I'm looking for (entertaining) math films that don't portray mathematicians as a bunch of schizophrenic, absent-minded professors.
Something that I might be able to rent or purchase between now and the 14th of March is definitely a plus.
I've found numerous lists on google, but it's hard to tell if the mathematicians are insane in the films without watching them all first!