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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 nonsecret part) is published in journals.

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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 nonfictional math books let me (shamelessly) plug the recent release of the second edition of my soliton theory textbook.
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