Math and Science Movies and TV Shows

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franznietzsche said:
Do i have permision to burn anyone associated with that idea? PLEASE!!!

You can destroy or compliment any film you want.


Sneakers is a good movie and Good Will Hunting is one of my absolute favorites.
The only movie Ben Afflec was any good in. Plus they talked about real math
without insulting it.

I hated the movie frequency. It was predictable and pretty much did whatever they wanted with logic and time travel to conviently fit the plot line. However to me this is sci-fi.

The Score-(Spoiler)has a scene where he uses a shockwave in a fluid to blowout a door.
 
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I hated the movie frequency. It was predictable and pretty much did whatever they wanted with logic and time travel to conviently fit the plot line. However to me this is sci-fi.

What I like about it is they tried to make the movie believable in terms of Science without going overboard.
 
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What about something like Stargate that is mostly science fiction but tries to incorporate the ocassional real science-ish concept to give credibility to the science fiction? For instance, last night they had on an episode where amidst all this complete fiction about some uncontrolled reaction of one fictional compound being converted to another fictional compound threatening to explode a fictional planet, they started talking about particle physics and muons. (I have no idea what they were talking about though, I was already drifting in and out of sleep while it was on and only woke up long enough to hear "muons" and "your knowledge of particle physics has improved" and fell back asleep...it only stuck in my mind because this thread came to mind as they said it).
 
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Nobody mentioned MacGyver. Very interesting show. No matter how deep in trouble, he always finds a way to get out with just his swiss army knife, a piece of cloth and a pint of beer :biggrin:

One episode that stuck to mind is when he put some eggs into a non-functioning radiator on an old broken down jeep. Not sure if that would work in real life so debunk that :approve:
 
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Nobody mentioned MacGyver. Very interesting show. No matter how deep in trouble, he always finds a way to get out with just his swiss army knife, a piece of cloth and a pint of beer :biggrin:

One episode that stuck to mind is when he put some eggs into a non-functioning radiator on an old broken down jeep. Not sure if that would work in real life so debunk that :approve:

My step-father who was a mechanic says it will work, at least as a temporary fix, but don't expect to be able to repair the radiator afterward. In other words, if you're stuck in the middle of nowhere and just happen to have an egg, it will help you get home, but you'll be replacing the whole radiator, not just repairing it, when you are done.

I loved how all his ideas really were based on theory at least. Like when he plugged a hole in a tank of sulfuric acid with candy bars...the resultant crusty black gunk is what you get when you mix sugar and sulfuric acid...not so sure it would keep a hole plugged since it's pretty porous, and don't think it would withstand much pressure behind it, but anyone who got past 7th grade science class knows how cool that reaction is to watch!
 
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Moonbear said:
What about something like Stargate that is mostly science fiction but tries to incorporate the ocassional real science-ish concept to give credibility to the science fiction? For instance, last night they had on an episode where amidst all this complete fiction about some uncontrolled reaction of one fictional compound being converted to another fictional compound threatening to explode a fictional planet, they started talking about particle physics and muons. (I have no idea what they were talking about though, I was already drifting in and out of sleep while it was on and only woke up long enough to hear "muons" and "your knowledge of particle physics has improved" and fell back asleep...it only stuck in my mind because this thread came to mind as they said it).


I love watching SG-1. Not great scientific value, but definitely good entertainment. To their credit however, i have yet to catch them making a mistake when they bring up real science.
 
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Ummm...Star Trek, TNG. :approve:

And Pi should not be included in the list. There is NO math in it...only crackpottery.
 
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I "LOVE" Star Trek TNG!!!!!!!! :approve:
 
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A.I. Artificial Intelligence
Red Planet
Mission to Mars
Solaris (wee bit wierd)


Ryan
 
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^^ARRGHHH Solaris ! I hated that movie (the version with George Clooney, I haven't seen the other). Slow, plodding, pretentious and ultimately utterly pointless.
 
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Moonbear said:
Like when he plugged a hole in a tank of sulfuric acid with candy bars...the resultant crusty black gunk is what you get when you mix sugar and sulfuric acid...not so sure it would keep a hole plugged since it's pretty porous, and don't think it would withstand much pressure behind it, but anyone who got past 7th grade science class knows how cool that reaction is to watch!
I never saw this—apparently I had a deficient 7th grade science teacher... :cry: :cry:
 
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Devoid of veracity though it may be, I enjoyed Pi a lot. It overflowed with genuine enthusiasm for its source material. We should be so lucky as to live in a society where everyone holds the sort of passion for the mystique of mathematics that was shown in Pi.

A Beautiful Mind and Apollo 13 were both enjoyable movies in my book, too. Numb3rs, on the other hand, is an abysmal series that is inaccurate to the point of being wantonly offensive to the viewer's intelligence, and is written, directed, casted, and acted so poorly that is is completely unenjoyable even as a pulp crime drama, disregarding the math gimmick.

Nobody has mentioned Enigma yet. That's probably for the best.
 
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I have two movie comments that have nothing to do with math or science about two movies that have nothing to do with math or science.
1) Every single time the mentally retarded guy in "Anchorman" opens his mouth I laugh.
2"50 First Dates" is a chick flick, but I must be feeling feminine because I liked it. My comment about it is: the ending is great and the ukelele version of "Somewhere over the Rainbow" is perfect.
 
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I have two movie comments that have nothing to do with math or science about two movies that have nothing to do with math or science.
1) Every single time the mentally retarded guy in "Anchorman" opens his mouth I laugh.
2"50 First Dates" is a chick flick, but I must be feeling feminine because I liked it. My comment about it is: the ending is great and the ukelele version of "Somewhere over the Rainbow" is perfect.


Tribdog's been neutered.

Dang it Moonbear!!!
 
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franznietzsche said:
Tribdog's been neutered.

Dang it Moonbear!!!

Yeah, I know. I think it was my fault. :redface: He broke himself and someone told me to fix him, and before any of us realized what was going on, there were two new jars next to the pickled onions. Oh, wait, I have to get back to the Suggestion Box and warn them that those aren't fava beans! I shouldn't drink and bake. :surprised
 
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Moonbear said:
Yeah, I know. I think it was my fault. :redface: He broke himself and someone told me to fix him, and before any of us realized what was going on, there were two new jars next to the pickled onions. Oh, wait, I have to get back to the Suggestion Box and warn them that those aren't fava beans! I shouldn't drink and bake. :surprised


DANG IT!!!!

THATS SO NOT COOL.
 
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these aren't fava beans. They taste like fava beans.
I'm lying I don't know what fava beans taste like. I've never eaten fava beans. but I have eaten testicles. weird huh?
 
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tribdog said:
these aren't fava beans. They taste like fava beans.
I'm lying I don't know what fava beans taste like. I've never eaten fava beans. but I have eaten testicles. weird huh?

I don't even know what a fava bean is. Though, as I think about it, that probably wasn't a very flattering comparison, was it? :blushing:
 
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fava beans aren't the same thing as Kiwi Fruit? maybe it was an insult.
 
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Yep, I think it's an insult now that I had to look up what a fava bean is.
http://www.sfc.ucdavis.edu/pubs/brochures/favabean.html [Broken]

Scarey little beans, aren't they?

Favism

Favism is an inherited disorder of certain individuals, particularly of southern European origin. These people have an enzyme deficiency expressed when fava beans are eaten, especially raw or partially cooked. Symptoms commonly include acute toxic hepatitis and those similar to influenza. Males are more commonly affected than females; mortality is almost entirely confined to children. Fava plant pollen in the respiratory tract also affects these people.
 
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