a list compiled by Alex Kasman (College of Charleston)
|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 (by his own account) 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 (supposedly to show Lindt what the American's have
discovered). 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 (at
least the non-secret part) is published in journals. |
John C. Konrath|
While only a few scenes including mathematics take place on screen, this story could not be told without the underlying mathematical and physics concepts. Alfred Hitchcock always tells an interesting tale, but I could have done without the romance sceens. Moreover, I tend to enjoy more realistic fiction and on a number of counts this movie fails on that level. Finally, my heart goes out to Dr. Linz...
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Exciting News: The 1,600th entry was recently added to this database of mathematical fiction! Also, for those of you interested in non-fictional math books
let me (shamelessly) plug the recent release of the second edition of my soliton theory textbook.
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