Math and Science Movies and TV Shows

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After the horrible "Numb3rs" I would like to get a consensus on shows and movies with science and if anybody here liked them.

Infinity-starring mathew broderick. about richard feynman

Pi-Indie film about chaos theory

A Beautiful Mind-starring russel crowe. about john nash and game theory

IQ-starring Tim Robbins and Meg Ryan. love story with einstein in it

Numb3rs-math genius solve crimes. fancy 1337 speak title

Apollo 13-failed mission to the moon

That's all I can think of off the top of my head right now. I want this list to have realistic movies. That means fiction not science fiction. That means no Star Wars or Red Dwarf(which is the best show ever). Armageddon is kind of a toss up. So is The Core. From my short list you know what type of media i'm talking about.

edit: Totally forgot about Dante's Peak. Movie has alot of science in it
 
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The Manhattan Project
 
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I liked "A beautiful mind"; though the book was more interesting
 
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I thought a beautiful mind was fine but it could of been better. Especially after seeing nash's biography.

Another movie I thought of.

Real Genius-starring val kilmer. about a bunch of geeks at a tech school
 
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Mr. Wizard :cool:
 
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Beakman's World was great.
 
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Beakman's World was great.

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bill nye > beakman
 
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Kakarot said:
blasphemy
bill nye > beakman
bill nye beakman

Beakman had a very large rat. :biggrin:
 
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FulhamFan3 said:
After the horrible "Numb3rs" I would like to get a consensus on shows and movies with science and if anybody here liked them.

Infinity-starring mathew broderick. about richard feynman

Pi-Indie film about chaos theory

A Beautiful Mind-starring russel crowe. about john nash and game theory

IQ-starring Tim Robbins and Meg Ryan. love story with einstein in it

Numb3rs-math genius solve crimes. fancy 1337 speak title

Apollo 13-failed mission to the moon

That's all I can think of off the top of my head right now. I want this list to have realistic movies. That means fiction not science fiction. That means no Star Wars or Red Dwarf(which is the best show ever). Armageddon is kind of a toss up. So is The Core. From my short list you know what type of media i'm talking about.

edit: Totally forgot about Dante's Peak. Movie has alot of science in it

Haven't seen or heard of infinity, but if its about feynman, i'll have too.

I've only heard bad things about Pi.

I loved a Beuatiful mind. Not filled with math, but whenever it did reference something (like nash equilibrium points) the example it made was at least applicable.

IQ was garbage from a scientific/mathematic point. I don't even know why i watched it, i was channel surfing and ran into that. Meh.

NUmb3rs, well yeah i laughed pretty hard at the 1337 title. Total garbage. Worse than IQ. IN IQ they made a pretense of producing false cold fusion papers. But all the people writing them knew they were false. They wanted tim robbins character to look smart to hook him up with einstein's niece.

Apollo 13 is probably the most accurate and valid out of all of them, with beautiful mind a close second.

The core makes every part of me want to die. Total garbage. No value whatsoever.
 
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Scientific American Frontiers is a pretty good show.
 
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and NOVA, also a
 
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I got a kick out of Volcano; mainly since I used to work right across the street from the Hard Rock at Cedars Sinai Medical Cnt, and also because I like seeing LA get wiped out. :biggrin: It is interesting that sooner or later something like that will happen..okay, maybe everything except most of what happened in the movie. But a volcanic eruption that takes out a large city, or for that matter, even a good part of a state here in the US, is entirely possible, if not inevitable.

Mentioned recently in another thread, I think one of the best TV science shows ever was The Mechanical Universe.
 
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I got a kick out of Volcano; mainly since I used to work right across the street from the Hard Rock at Cedars Sinai Medical Cnt, and also because I like seeing LA get wiped out. :biggrin: It is interesting that sooner or later something like that will happen..okay, maybe everything except most of what happened in the movie. But a volcanic eruption that takes out a large city, or for that matter, even a good part of a state here in the US, is entirely possible, if not inevitable.


As i recall the tar pits were most geologically active when they sat over a hotspot, like yellowstone, but they don't anymore.

I could be wrong about this, but i think thats what they said last time i visited the tar pits.
 
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I think some of you are missing the point. While beakman, bill nye and mr. wizard were all great shows, they were educational. I'm talking about media that is in a dramatic vein. Otherwise I would name 321 Contact, Square One and Beyond 2000.

While i'm at it I thought of another movie.

Young Einstein-starring yahoo serious. einstein splits the beer atom
 
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Young Einstein-starring yahoo serious. einstein splits the beer atom


Do i have permision to burn anyone associated with that idea? PLEASE!!!
 
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okay this should get a rise...

Mindwalk. :biggrin:
 
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has anyone said the matrix yet? yes? damnit!

oh well, I guess I'll go watch the core again all by myself.
 
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has anyone said the matrix yet? yes? damnit!

oh well, I guess I'll go watch the core again all by myself.

I didn't know you were a sado-masochist.
 
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^Yeah, and he tortures himself with implements made of....UNOBTAINIUM!!!!

(*runs and hides*)
 
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cepheid said:
^Yeah, and he tortures himself with implements made of....UNOBTAINIUM!!!!

(*runs and hides*)
anyone who mentions the U word should be given an 8 hour ban to sit and reflect.
 
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I can't believe Good Will Hunting hasn't been mentioned yet.

Other great movies with Math in them : It's My turn with the opening scene on Snake Lemma and Stand and Deliver where integration by parts is beautifully explained.

The Mirror has two faces (Barbara Streisand) : a brief explanation of the twin primes conjecture.

Sneakers : a very layman-like introduction to mathematical cryptography.

Little Man Tate : Surprisingly refreshing story about a child prodigy, some very basic mental math.

Perhaps the strangest mathematical references in any movie I've seen was in The Cube, where the prisoners had to figure out mathematical rules that governed the "safe" and "boobytrapped" cells or they died in the most grisly manner.
 
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Basic instinct-Sharon Stone got me interested in math when she divided her legs.
 
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Basic instinct-Sharon Stone got me interested in math when she divided her legs.

She didn't divide, she showed us the bisection of acute angle. :rofl:

And boy, was it a cute angle :tongue:
 
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Basic instinct-Sharon Stone got me interested in math when she divided her legs.


IN the interrogation room, or in the bedroom?
 
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Frequency is another good if not great science movie. Brian Greene made a special appearance though I don't remember the part.
 

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