Mathematics in Movies

This is a collection of movie clips in which Mathematics appears. The site is now in HTML5 video and should be accessible by all devices. If not, chose the direct video links. To include a clip into a presentation, chose the quicktime version. (Media RSS link).
Date: March 2006 - March 2013
by:
Oliver Knill
Department of Mathematics
Harvard University


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Agora (Appollonian cones) [IMDb link]
Hypatia and her Apollonian Cones.
2009
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Agora (Relative motion experiment) [IMDb link]
Hypatia makes an experiment with relative motion
2009
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Agora (Solar system) [IMDb link]
A student presents the Ptolemaic system with epicycles (Thanks to Sheldon Ross and Li Zhou for the suggestion)
2009
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Calculus of Love [IMDb link]
An obsession with the Goldbach conjecture (the film has a surprising ending and can be seen here)
2011
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Lambada [IMDb link]
Kevin Laird, a Beverly Hills school teacher talks about complementary angles, the most useful angle, the identity cos(x)2 + sin(x)2=1 and the Cartesian coordinate system. (Thanks to Aleksandra Ravas for the suggestion).
1990
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Safe [IMDb link]
A young girl with super memory and extraordinary math talent gets hunted by various mafia like gangsters. (Thanks to Tracy Leah for the suggestion).
2012
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Lincoln [IMDb link]
Euclids notion: things are equal to a common thing are equal to each other. (Thanks to Andy Ventress for the suggestion).
2012
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Equilibrium [IMDb link]
About the probability distribution for gun cutters
2002
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Person of Interest [IMDb link]
Finch as a substitute teacher talks about the digits of pi. He gives an answer to the question "When are we ever going to use this?" (Thanks to Joanne Crooks)
2011
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Rushmore [IMDb link]
Max Fischer (Jason Schwartzman) daydreams on solving the "hardest geometry equation in the world: "Computing the area of an ellipse (Thanks to Helen Chandler and Aaron Snitzer for the suggestion).
1998
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The double [IMDb link]
A statistics lesson on hypothesis and p-value (Thanks to Jennifer Harris for the suggestion).
2011
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The names of Love [IMDb link]
A math class with some integrals appear
2010
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Real Genius [IMDb link]
Some math classes with calculus appear. Firsti power series, then Bessel functions (with reduced audience) Thanks to Kelli DeMoville and Patrick Downs for the suggestion.
1985
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Moneyball [IMDb link]
Using equations and statistics, baseball players are analyzed by Peter Brand. People are overlooked because of a variety of reasons: age, appearance, personality. Mathematics cuts right through this bias.
2011
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Ring [IMDb link]
A sign on a mathematicians blackboard is changed, producing some headache later on, shortly before the mathematician dies (the theme of this horror movie is that people die after they watch a specific tape and then get a phone call). (thanks to an anonymous tipster).
1998
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The Last Enemy [IMDb link]
The theorem discussed is actually the Poincare conjecture which had been proved by Perelman (thanks to Robin Zaruba for the suggestion)
2008
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The Full Monty [IMDb link]
What is 10 times 1000?
1997
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Hackers [IMDb link]
Some mathematical formulas in a visualization of a "worm". Features a young Angelina Jolie and a good ol hexeditor which had already been useful to me on the Atari ST to "edit games".
1995
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Jane Eyre [IMDb link]
Some arithmetic problems on the blackboard, mostly with wrong solutions.
1996
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Intacto [IMDb link]
What is the chance to draw an ace in a randomly shuffled card deck of 52. There is one chance in a million for a plane to crash and for it to crash, leaving you the only survivor out of how many -- 237 passengers? One chance in 237 million. Later in this convoluted thriller, a Russian Roulette variant appears, where 5 of 6 chambers contain bullets.
2001
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Network [IMDb link]
Arthur Jenson (played by Ned Beatty) talks to Howard Beale (played by Peter Finch) about the only primal force of nature: money: "What do you think the Russians talk about? Karl Max? They get out their linear programming charts, statistical decision theories, mini-max solutions and compute the prize-cost probabilities of their transactions and investments. Just like we do. "
1976
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12 Monkeys [IMDb link]
A wonderful performance of Brad Pit. Here he talks about predicting the future with a probability matrix. As expected with time travel stories, the storyline of 12 Monkeys is intriguing.
1995
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Amarcord [IMDb link]
Solving the quadratic equation. A math scene in this Fellini movie is part of a larger selection of delightful school scenes.
1973
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TSLauhe Maltese Falcon [IMDb link]
Lots of meta talk and meta-meta talk and twisted logic in this conservation about the black bird. The statement "Mathematically correct" flagged the movie clip for this collection [I added the last remark to add a meta statement about this caption]
1941
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Suspect X (IV) [IMDb link]
The two friends talk about math, the four color theorem and the 7 Clay math problems. (Thanks to Li Zhou for the suggestion)
2008
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Suspect X (III) [IMDb link]
The end of a calculus class by Shigami.
2008
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Suspect X (II) [IMDb link]
A physics class by Yukawa on quantum mechanics.
2008
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Suspect X (I) [IMDb link]
The Gaussian Acceleration device appears early in this Japanese thriller. The entire movie is math/physics heavy since Yukawa is a physisist and Shigami is a mathematician.
2008
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The Dam Busters [IMDb link]
On the use of Congruent triangles to measure distances. Also some applied math problems on bouncing balls on water and detonations in water. Thanks to Craig Smorynski for the suggestion.
1955
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The Ice Storm [IMDb link]
Its when they say 2*2 is equal to 4, it is not numbers, it is space. It is perfect space. But only in your mind. You can not draw perfect squares in the material world. [While this movie scene is harmless, the movie itself is definitely not PG13.]
1997
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Flipped [IMDb link]
The area of a rhomboid. The movie clip of this beautiful love story starts a bit earlier, in order to explain why Juli Baker is so absent minded in school.
2010
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The Bank [IMDb link]
The multiplication table and the compound interest formula.
2005
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Cranford [IMDb link]
On addition of income numbers and a sentence on teaching mathematics or geography. [As all BBC drama, this miniseries contains delightful acting and is built on a wonderful script quite freely using Elizabeth Glaskells original text. ]
2007
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The Wild Blue Yonder [IMDb link]
Chaotic transport in the solar system. [ Actual documentary footage and interviews are combined to a movie. The interview is real and serious but the context makes it funny.] Thanks to Martin Lo to mention this to me. Lo appeared with two other mathematicians in this movie.
2005
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The Wild Blue Yonder [IMDb link]
Rotating system. [ Actual documentary footage and interviews are combined to a movie. The interview is real, the context makes it funny.]
2005
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The killer inside me [IMDb link]
A brief moment sanity in this dark, dark movie when Lou solves some integrals. It is an extremely disturbing movie because the dark side of Lou Ford, the psychotic killer, is not visible. Why the police men Lou does some math in this scene is unexplained in the movie.
2010
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Deskset [IMDb link]
The roof scene of this charming Tracy/Hepburn movie features some "mathematical" questions. (Thanks to Shawn Jones for the suggestion.)
1957
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Rites of Love and Math [IMDb link]
In this movie of Edward Frenkel mathematical formulas are written onto skin. (Thanks to Andrew Ranicki for the suggestion).
2009
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Artificial Intellgience: AI [IMDb link]
About the fabric of space time and how humans have tried to find the meaning of life in art, poetry or mathematical formulas.
2001
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Drowning by Numbers [IMDb link]
Counting the stars. Once you counted the hundred, all the other are the same. (Thanks to Andrew Ranicki for the suggestion).
1988
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In July [IMDb link]
Theoretical and applied computation of a free fall problem (Thanks to Andrew Ranicki for the suggestion)
2000
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The Knack ... and How to Get It [IMDb link]
The angle of incidence is equal to the angle or reflection (Thanks to Andrew Ranicki for the suggestion)
1965
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Rain Man [IMDb link]
3*82=246 = 250-4 (Thanks to Joia Felice for the suggestion)
1988
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A Serious Man [IMDb link]
The Uncertainty Principle in Quantum Mechanics. The entire movie is a celebration of this principle starting with the dead/alive cat scene, unsharp boundaries singing and TV receiption, accepting mysteries, culture clashs, quantum tunneling between relationships etc,etc. One of the best Cohen brother movies. P.S. Can you spot the error in the blackboard computation in this scene? The computation error probably has been implemented also by purpose on a meta level.
2009
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Three O'Clock High [IMDb link]
Some algebra problems are visible in a quiz. To determine who cheated, buddy has to solve 2 blackboard problems on square roots.
1987
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G.I. Joe - Rise of the Cobra [IMDb link]
The shadow determines the lattitude where the picture was taken. Compare the idea of Eratostenes to measure the shadows of a stick on different locations to get the radius of the earth. Thanks to Robin Zaruba.
2009
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The Hangover [IMDb link]
Mathematical thoughts of Allen, when winning at Vegas: from simple arithmetics to Fourier theory. How many formulas can you identify?
2009
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Time Machine [IMDb link]
Mathematical work on a black board.
2002
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Breaking the code [IMDb link]
The enigma and its complexity appears in this movie about Alan Turing. Thanks to the university of Arizona movie club, where I had seen and learned about it.
1996
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Star trek [IMDb link]
Young Spock learns Math. He memorizes the formula (4pi/3) r3 for the volume of the sphere, the square root of 2396324 and the definition of dimensionality log(n)/log(d).
2009
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Star trek The Next generation [IMDb link]
Barclay becomes a genius and argues Grand Unification Theory with Albert Einstein (Thanks to Jason Baumgartner for the suggestion)
2002
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Star trek The Next generation [IMDb link]
Probably the most hilarious statement about dimension in the galaxy appears in the episode "Where silence has Lease": "Is the lack of a dimension a dimension by itself?" Negative dimension. Mathematicians have not yet come up with this idea, but mathematicians have used also some time to come up with negative numbers.
2002
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Night at the Museum II [IMDb link]
What number is at the heart of a Pyramide? Pi=3.1415926 ... (Thanks to Susan Milano for the suggestion)
2009
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Up in the air [IMDb link]
Ryan and Natalie have a candid conversation about numbers, frequent flyer milages mostly, "the miles are the goal" but "Pi is just a number" comes up too.
2009
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Flatland: The movie [IMDb link]
Spherius shows Arthur the third dimension
2007
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Flatland (short) [IMDb link]
The sphere shows the third dimension. This movie was done at the animation workshop at the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts at Harvard University. A production based on an idea by the American animator John Hubley (1914-1977) and directed by Eric Martin. (Thanks to Jamie Clements for the suggestion). The movie can be obtained here.
1965
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The Pink Panther Strikes Again [IMDb link]
Torture: finger nails on a blackboard filled with wrong mathematical computations like 3x3=7.
1976
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Parenthood [IMDb link]
In this commedy with Steve Martin, a kid takes the square root of a large number.
1989
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Bedazzled (2000) [IMDb link]
The devil first assigns Fermats theorem but then cancels all homework. (Thanks to Tyson Liskow for the suggestion).
2000
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Fermat's room [IMDb link]
This brilliant movie is essentially about math only. A few famous math puzzles appear in this movie, where 4 mathematicians are trapped in a room where the walls slowly crush them. (Thanks to Evan Pellnitz for the suggestion).more.
2007
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Phantom Tollbooth [IMDb link]
The dodecahedron asks some riddles to get to Digitopolis. Fibonnacci series, vectors and scalars, equivalence relations and 4827659 hairs. (Thanks to Ron Fisher for the suggestion)
1970
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Pay it forward [IMDb link]
Powers of three in a good pyramid scheme: select 3 people to do good things for and then those 3 each select 3 more people, etc (Thanks to Carolyn Seubert for the suggestion).
2000
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For a few dollars more [IMDb link]
Counting dead gangsters. (Thanks to Damien Brown for the suggestion).
1965
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Smilla's Sense of Snow [IMDb link]
Smilla reads from Euclids book to Isaiah. (Thanks to Steen Grode for the suggestion)
1997
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Reality Bites [IMDb link]
About the Math in Astronomy
1994
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Smilla's Sense of Snow [IMDb link]
Natural numbers, negative integers, fractions. An IMDB review quote: The absolute highlight of the movie is a little speech Smilla gives about numbers. (Thanks to Steen Grode for the suggestion)
1997
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Merry Andrew [IMDb link]
In this musical comedy, Danny Kaye as Merry Andrew teaches Newton's law, geodesics and Pythagoras (Thanks to Virginia Usnick for the suggestion)
1958
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Butterfly Dreaming [IMDb link]
On the probability that two raindrops hit the same leaf. (Thanks to Susan Milano for the suggestion and to Robert and Anna Pollack, and the movie director Rufus Williams to make the movie available).
2008
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The Oxford Murders [IMDb link]
Lecture on Wittgensteins pessimistic view on absolute truth followed by rather shallow sound bites: the beauty and harmony of numbers, the golden ratio, Fibonnacci, snowflakes and cancer, the secret meaning of numbers, the butterfly which flaps its wings to produce a hurricane which nobody can predict, logic and chance. Thanks to Detlev Beutner for the suggestion.
2008
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October Sky [IMDb link]
Free fall differential equations as used in rocketry.
1999
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Little Big Man [IMDb link]
A lier dilemma leads to the defeat of general Coster at the battle of big horn (Thanks to Virginia Usnick for the suggestion).
1970
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Run Lola Run [IMDb link]
Beside the main theme of "sensitive dependence on initial conditions", there is a "run of Lola" in which she wins in roulette twice betting on the same number 20. The first time, the initial input of 100 mark is multiplied by 35. The second bet multiplies the now 3600 by 35 leading to a total win of 3500+126'000 = 129'500 has an element of Grass's Blechtrommel cry, mathematically related to "resonance". (Thanks to Mark-Willem Dogterom).
1998
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Its a Mad,mad world [IMDb link]
Some division problems appear in this oscar winning comedy when eight motorists try to figure out how to split the not yet found treasure. (Thanks to Pete Swartz for the suggestion)
1963
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A walk to remember [IMDb link]
A tutoring scene with equilateral and isosceles triangles. (Thanks to R. Star Behar for the suggestion)
2002
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Old School [IMDb link]
This comedy not only shows shots of Harvard college but also some rather tough math test problems: like Harriot's method of solving cubics (named after Thomas Harriot, you find Harriot's method for finding the three solutions x=e-b2/e,e,b2/e of the equation x3+3 b2 x = 2 c3 here). Also Diophantine equations or integration problems appear in this test.
2003
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Last year in Marienbad [IMDb link]
In this rather enigmatic movie, the enigmatic game of NIM with a 7-5-3-1 initial condition is played twice. (Thanks to John Boller for the suggestion.)
1961
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Shrek the Third [IMDb link]
Mathematical logic in sentences
2007
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The Happening [IMDb link]
During one of the "happenings", Julian tries to divert the attention to a math problem.
2008
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Apocalypse Now [IMDb link]
Surrounded by horror, forms of poetry, physics and math appear in a mad form too. Photojournalist: "this is dialectics, simple dialectics. It is very simple dialectics: 1 through 9, no maybes, no supposes, no fractions. You can't travel to space. You can not go to space with fractions. What do you land on: on one quarter or 3/8th? What do you do when you go to venus or something. Thats dialectic. Physics. Dialectic logic is: there is only love or hate."
1979
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How green was my valley [IMDb link]
A 100 gallon bath tub is filled from A with 20 gal/min and from B with 10 gal/min and leaks 5 gal/min. How long until it fills? Thanks to Orlando Figueiredo for the suggestion.
1941
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Alice in Wonderland [IMDb link]
Riddle: Why is a raven like a writing desk? Carols own answer given in 1896: Because it can produce a few notes, tho they are very flat; and it is nevar put with the wrong end in front! (Thanks to Tania Moloney for the suggestion).
1951
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Alice in Wonderland [IMDb link]
Fooling around with complements. The unbirthday. Its a small world, most people share an unbirthday. Carol might have been inspired by the birthday paradox: in a class of 23 the chance to have two kids with the same birthday is already more than 1/2. (Thanks to Tania Moloney for the suggestion).
1951
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National Treasure [IMDb link]
Cracking a password by knowing the letters used.
2004
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National Treasure Code [IMDb link]
The Ottendorf Cipher, a book Cipher.
2004
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The wizard of oz [IMDb link]
The scare crow theorem: in an isoscele triangle, the sum of the square roots of two sides is the square root of the third side. (Thanks to Wyley Beatty to suggest this movie).
1939
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The number 23 [IMDb link]
Numerology with the number 23
2007
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23 [IMDb link]
A true story about German Hackers/Spies. Numerology as in the movie "The number 23". Bach as a hacker composing palindromic music. (Thanks to Frank Josellis for the suggestion).
1998
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Antonia's Line [IMDb link]
An algebraic topology class. (Thanks to Mark Barsamian for the suggestion).
1995
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21 [IMDb link]
The Newton method
2008
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21 [IMDb link]
Cauchy plagiarism?
2008
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Collossus: The Forbin Project [IMDb link]
The mighty US defense computer "Colossus" develops calculus to communicate with its buddy in the Soviet union. (Thanks to website visitor "Bob" to suggest this.)
1970
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The bank [IMDb link]
Predicting the stock market using complex dynamics.
2001
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Little Big League [IMDb link]
Joe can paint the house in a=5 hours, Sam can paint the house in b=3 hours. How much time do they need if the paint it together?
1994
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The Screensaver: Office: Season 4 Episode 5/6 [IMDb link]
The screensaver is a billiard. It implements a linear equation a x = c mod n, the simplest case of the Chinese reminder theorem.
2007
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The Office: Season 5 Episode 9 [IMDb link]
Explaining a surplus to a 5 year old.
2008
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Revolutionary Road [IMDb link]
A mathematician appears in this though provoking movie.
2008
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Harold and Kumar [IMDb link]
Solving an integration problem in calculus
2008
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Harold and Kumar [IMDb link]
A poem about the number square root of 3. (Thanks to Yelena Melnichenko for pointing out that math scene).
2008
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Back to the Future Part III [IMDb link]
Dok Brown: Clara was one in a million, one in a billion, one in a googolplex.
1990
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Once upon a time in the west [IMDb link]
Counting horses
1968
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Once upon a time in the west [IMDb link]
Thousands of Thousands. One calls them Millions
1968
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Jane Eyre (I) [IMDb link]
Some glimpses of mathematics appear in the BBC drama: Jane Eyre tutors fractions to Adele who is later very excited about the carriage.
2006
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Jane Eyre (II) [IMDb link]
An other glimpses of mathematics appear in the BBC drama: Jane Eyre grades a fraction assignment of Adele and is interrupted by Grace Pool.
2006
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Jane Eyre (III) [IMDb link]
An other glimpses of mathematics: a happy carriage scene, Rochester imagines Jane teaching mathematics.
2006
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The Tenant of Wildfell Hall [IMDb link]
A glimpse of geometry in painting?
1996
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Mansfield Park [IMDb link]
Reciting a scene with Fanny, Edmund and Mary, mentioning the teaching of mathematics. As frequently done by Jane Austen, the scene is also a play in a play where the dialog refers to the actual situation. An other most delightful example (not displayed in this clip) is the library scene when Sir Thomas unexpectedly comes home from Antigua.
1996
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The prophecy [IMDb link]
Simon: "See you kids. Study math. Its the key to the universe". (thanks to Bret Benesh for the suggestion).
1995
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Father of the bride [IMDb link]
How to get 8 hotdogs and 8 hotdog buns if hotdog buns are bundled in 12. (Thanks to website visitor Renee Pentecost to suggest this).
1991
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Mean Girls [IMDb link]
A scene showing a Highschool calculus class. (thanks to website visitor Lillian Tubbs to suggest this.)
2004
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Mean Girls [IMDb link]
A scene showing a calculus contest in which a system of linear equations as well as a limit problem appears (thanks to website visitor Lillian Tubbs to suggest this.)
2004
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The Clan of the Cave Bear [IMDb link]
Teaching of mathematics at the time of the Neanderthals maybe 100'000 years ago.
1986
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Bedazzled (1967) [IMDb link]
The lier's paradox in this Faustian comedy in which Elliot sold his soul to have 7 wishes fulfilled.
1967
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The code conspiracy [IMDb link]
The ulam prime spiral appears. One could overlook that almost nothing connected with codes, physics or math does make sense in this movie, but that the blue picture of the Ulam spiral is fake is slightly annoying.
2001
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The island [IMDb link]
Discovering a deterministic system for the lottery on the island.
2005
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Good Neighbors, episode 1.1 [IMDb link]
Tom Goods remembers to use Algebra to solve things. Introduce x as the unknown.
1975
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Cast Away [IMDb link]
First scene: Lecture on search area on a rock. Second scene: the path of the sun on the rock used as a calendar.
2000
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Eleventh hour: Kryptos [IMDb link]
Ian Hood, the special scientific troubleshooter for the British government has to solve a riddle from a friend. (Thanks to Robin Zaruba for the suggestion)
2006
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Marius [IMDb link]
Bartender Cesar lectures Marius on mixing a picon-citron-curacao: one very small third of curacao, one third of citron, then a large third of picon. And to finish, a large third of water. (Movie suggested by Billy Carson)
1931
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The Croupier [IMDb link]
About the odds in poker.
1998
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Ma and Pa Kettle [IMDb link]
Different proofs that 25/5 = 14
1949
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Cube [IMDb link]
People are trapped in a giant cube puzzle. A permutation riddle has to be solved.
1997
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Hypercube [IMDb link]
People are trapped in a hypercube which implodes at the end. Also time is mixed up in this cube.
2002
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Its My Turn [IMDb link]
A lecture on the Snake lemma in homological algebra in which a student pretends to know things better.
1980
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Simpsons treehouse of horror VI [IMDb link]
Homer enters a 3D world with different mathematical topics.
1995
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Sneakers [IMDb link]
A lecture on computational number theory. A method superior to the number field sieve is announced
1992
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Enigma [IMDb link]
About cracking "Shark" a refinement of the Enigma code.
1991
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Simpsons First Season dvd2 [IMDb link]
Bart Simpson solves a math problem at the learning center.
1989
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Straw Dogs [IMDb link]
A blackboard with mathematical astrophysical formulas.
1971
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P.S. [IMDb link]
A blackboard in Columbia University with mathematical formulas written by astrophysisist Peter, the ex-husband of the main character Louise
2004
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Stand and Deliver [IMDb link]
Starting a difficult lecture.
1988
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Stand and Deliver, TicTacToe [IMDb link]
Drop out student learns calculus. TicTacToe method for integration by parts. (Thanks to Matt Leingang for the suggestion)
1988
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Stand and Deliver, Giggolo [IMDb link]
The giggolo problem.
1988
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Proof [IMDb link]
Work on the Riemann hypothesis
2005
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Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy [IMDb link]
The number 42
2005
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Abbott and Costello: In the navy [IMDb link]
Abbott and Costello do a Calculation trick to show that 7*13 = 28
1941
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Pi [IMDb link]
Numerology, mathematics is everywhere.
1998
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Monty Python's flying circus [IMDb link]
Football game, the mathematicians Leibniz on the german team, Archimedes on the greek team.
2005
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Monty Python flying circus 2/29 [IMDb link]
Rhetorics and Logic have a lot of common. The art of arguing. What is an argument?
2005
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The Saint [IMDb link]
Piece of paper with mathematical formulas for cold fusion.
1997
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Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark [IMDb link]
Blackboard with some physics formulas
1981
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Good Will Hunting, Cayley formula [IMDb link]
Will Hunting writes down Cayley's formula stating that the number of labeled trees on n nodes is nn-2. Then lists 8 different unlabeled trees with 10 nodes. (Thanks to George Lowe for the suggestion)
1997
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Good Will Hunting [IMDb link]
A Blackboard in linear algebra lecture at MIT on Parseval's identity in Fourier theory.
1997
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A Beautiful Mind [IMDb link]
Multivariable calculus lecture
2001
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Dimensions [IMDb link]
An educational movie by Jos Leys Etienne Ghys and Aurelien Alvarez (Thanks to Pedram Safari for suggesting this)
2008
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Donald in Mathmagicland [IMDb link]
Donald learns the Math of Billiards. It is a pretty good example, where reflections appear. The mathematics of billiards in a rectangle is already interesting and leads to questions in and basic Diophantine number theory appears because for most angles the billiard shots are not closed. The DVD can be obtained here.
1959
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The Mirror has two Faces [IMDb link]
Calculus lecture but the actors mumble about prime twins.
1996
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Infinity [IMDb link]
Abakus scene and explanation how to compute the third roots
1996
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Jurassic park [IMDb link]
Chaos theory I
1993
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Jurassic park [IMDb link]
Chaos theory II
1993
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Contact [IMDb link]
Information is encoded in a cube
1997
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Contact [IMDb link]
Prime numbers as contact (thanks to Misha Tiberend for suggesting this).
1997
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Like Mike [IMDb link]
Supersized triangles (Thanks to Cheryl McDuff for the suggestion)
2002
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Big [IMDb link]
Josh helps a kid with algebra
1988
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Good Night, Mr Bean [IMDb link]
Mr Bean watches chess game and counts sheep addition problem to go to sleep
1995
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The Perfect Score [IMDb link]
SAT problems (more)
2004
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Mission Impossible III [IMDb link]
Pendulum swing (Thanks to Lesa Vandiver for the suggestion)
2006
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The Count of Monte Cristo [IMDb link]
I offer something priceless. I offer knowledge. Abbe Faria teaches Edmond Dantesphilosophy, mathematics and economics.
2002
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Clueless [IMDb link]
The math problem 7x7
1995
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The Da Vinci Code [IMDb link]
The Fibonnacci sequence 1 1 2 3 5 8 13.
2006
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The Alien Girl [IMDb link]
The "Toricelli Void" appears in this Russian thriller. This is not a strict mathematical reference but mathematicians like Blaise Pascal have thought about vacuum. Vacuum is still an enigma and is related to the question what is space and time. The holy grail of physics to relate quantum mechanics with general relativity is also a mathematical problem. (Thanks to Nk P for the suggestion).
2010
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Chaos [IMDb link]
The popular book of James Gleick on Chaos
2005
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Casino Royale [IMDb link]
Some mathematical themes and patterns motivated by mathematics appear in the intro
2006
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Mr. Hollands Opus [IMDb link]
If I'm forced to choose from Mozart or Reading and Writing and Long divisions, I choose long division. - You can cut the arts, but the kids will have nothing anymore to read and write about.
1995
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Numb3rs (intro to pilot) [IMDb link]
Mathematics is everywhere. It is also used to solve crimes.
2005
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Numb3rs (pilot) [IMDb link]
Using statistics to find location of criminal and the odds to win the lottery.
2005
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Horse feathers [IMDb link]
Caching a virtual check
1932
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Yakitate Japan episode 40 [IMDb link]
Encoding a message as a number to base 26. (Thanks to visitor Chu-Wee Lim to suggest this).
2004
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Die hard III (St Ives) [IMDb link]
The classic St Ives riddle 7x7x7x7. (Thanks to Cheryl McDuff for the suggestion)
1995
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Die hard III (bottle) [IMDb link]
A classic water bottle riddle. How to produce exactly 4 gallons with a 3 and a 5 gallon pan. (Thanks to Cheryl McDuff for the suggestion)
1995
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Fahrenheit 451 [IMDb link]
Gray suited students recite multiplication tables.
1966
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Caddyshack [IMDb link]
In one physical model, the shortest distance between two points is a straight line - in the opposite direction.
1980
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