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Mathematics Goes to the Movies

by Burkard Polster and Marty Ross

**I.Q. (1994)**

Catherine, Einstein’s niece doing some math.

1:35

11:20

Kurt Goedel is one of Einstein’s colleagues.

13:40

Nathan Liebknecht(?): What do you think of Catherine, Mr Ed.

ED: I think she is wonderful.

Boris Podolski: Wonderful to the power of three.

Nathan Liebknecht: What to the power of three, to the power of ten.

25:50

Sometimes Iwonder whether I would not be a better mother than a mechanic (Freudian
slip) mathematician.

30:50

EINSTEIN to ED: You know, Catherine is a brilliant mathematician, but she lacks
confidence.

33:40

Ed pretending to do math together with Einstein and his friends.

36:03

Ed in the garage reading math (mumbling)

40:00

lecture with math talk

Let us suppose that v(x) is a standard barrier penetration potential and that
xi is a nuclei wave function then as usual –ih bar dxi dt = - d squared
xi dx squared +v(x)

41:15

CATHERINE: I believe that you used de B???’s formula…

Einstein’s friends helping Ed remember a formula.

X

=

1

+

w

cubed

over

pi

43:37

How many stars do you think are up there?

10^12+1

49:35

CATHERINE: Now, don’t tell me that and brilliant scientist such as yourself
doesn’t know about Zeno’s paradox.

ED: Remind me.

CATHERINE: You can’t get from there to here because you always have to
cover half the remaining distance. Like from me to you, I have to cover half
of it (steps one half closer). But see I still have half of that remaining,
so I cover half that (does it), and there is still half of that left, so I cover
half of that, and half of that, and half of that, and half of that and since
there are infinite halves left I can’t ever get there.

55:00

mechanical puzzles

59:38

JAMES to CATHERINE: As a fellow mathematician.

News report: Mathematicians and physicists everywhere are putting this historically
new theory under the microscope to examine in detail the mathematical brilliance
of this simple auto garage mechanic.

1:00:00

CATHERINE: Why you use that operator there?

1:10:00

blackboard (supposed to be Schroedinger equation in operator form

1:11:00

The day the Earth stood still poster on the wall

1:17:30

CATHERINE: I was right about the cold fusion, wasn’t I?

EINSTEIN: Catherine, do you realize that you have proven conclusively that my
approach is impossible. Conclusively.

CATHERINE: I knew that, but you said.

EINSTEIN: I meant that I could not prove it or disprove it. Therefore I could
not publish it.

CATHERINE: I did something that you couldn’t do?

EINSTEIN: It’s mathematics. I was always terrible at mathematics.