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Sneakers (1992)
Phil Alden Robinson (director)

Complex espionage story, more about computers than mathematics. However, mathematics is clearly an underlying theme and in one scene the mysterious mathematician Gunter Janek lectures on mathematical aspects of crytpography (using some technical terms but not really saying anything substantial).

Contributed by David Molnar

"It's worth noting that Len Adleman (the A in RSA, and himself a number theorist among other things) consulted on the Janek lecture scene."

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Works Similar to Sneakers
According to my `secret formula', the following works of mathematical fiction are similar to this one:
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  3. The Visiting Professor by Robert Littell
  4. Mercury Rising by Harold Becker (director)
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  6. The Expert by Lee Gruenfeld
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  8. White Rabbit, Red Wolf [This Story is a Lie] by Tom Pollock
  9. The Turing Enigma by Peter Wild (Screenwriter and Director)
  10. PopCo by Scarlett Thomas
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Mathematical Content:
2.4/5 (5 votes)
Literary Quality:
3.8/5 (5 votes)

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