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Mathematics Goes to the Movies

by Burkard Polster and Marty Ross

**Insignificance (1985)**

2:08

Einstein scribbling formulas on a piece of paper.

6:34

picks up paper with toes

9:44

Senator visits Einstein. Blackboard

12:38

More formulas on easle

14:02

Marilyn shopping for flashlights etc

24:50

Marilyn arrives

28:40

Math talk

I attempted to derive the tangential vector qualities of alpha cee squared but
while I was keeping tee at infinity.

30:00 Marilyn explains theory of relativity.

43:40

MARILYN: You are calculating the shape of space, right?

EINSTEIN: Yes.

MARILYN: And when you are finished you have expressed the precise nature of
the physical universe.

EINSTEIN: So?

MARILYN: So, do it tomorrow. It will be here, I won’t.

56:18

MARILYN: What is the shape of the universe?

EINSTEIN: It’s not important. You have got things to discuss.

HUSBAND: God dammit, you tell her the shape of the frigging universe. I want
to take her home. Tell her. \

MARILYN: Please.

HUSBAND: Tell her.

EINSTEIN: Well, the shape of the universe is difficult to describe. If I were
to explain it, it would come out as abstract symbols, but I’ll tell you
how to imagine it. Imagine a dot so small that it has zero dimensions. You extend
the dot into a one-dimensional line. You turn around the line and you’ve
got a two-dimensional circle and you flip the circle and you’ve got a
three-dimensional sphere and you got that sphere and you turn it into the 4th
dimension and you got the shape of the universe, but…. I know, I know
now exactly how you can imagine it. Take a completely solid object, a completely
solid object and twist it inside out indefinitely forever and that’s the
shape of the universe.

MARILYN: Wow.

HUSBAND: Bullshit. I tell you what I think it is. I think it’s round like
everything else in nature. Like flowers, like the moon and the sun. It’s
all based on a circle. You know that? Like the world. I don’t know what
you two geniuses think the shape of the world is, but me and Columbus happen
to think it’s round. It’s a damn lucky thing for the united states
too, for if it wasn’t for Columbus we’d all be Indians. What do
you think about that?1:00:22

Merilyn draws pentagram on mirror.

1:09

Indian center of the universe talk

1:19: 00

Close to showing the shape of space time

1:24:20

E mc squared

1:39:08