MATHEMATICAL FICTION:

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Sneakers (1992)
Phil Alden Robinson (director)
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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:
  1. Digital Fortress by Dan Brown
  2. 7 Steps to Midnight by Richard Matheson
  3. Mercury Rising by Harold Becker (director)
  4. The Visiting Professor by Robert Littell
  5. Sekret Enigmy by Roman Wionczek
  6. Enigma by Robert Harris / Tom Stoppard
  7. The Expert by Lee Gruenfeld
  8. Decoded by Mai Jia
  9. PopCo by Scarlett Thomas
  10. Hapgood by Tom Stoppard
Ratings for Sneakers:
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Mathematical Content:
2.4/5 (5 votes)
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Literary Quality:
3.8/5 (5 votes)
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Categories:
GenreAdventure/Espionage,
MotifCool/Heroic Mathematicians,
TopicComputers/Cryptography,
MediumFilms,

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