Mathematics in Movies: Harvard Prof Curates 150+ Scenes

Oliv­er Knill teach­es cal­cu­lus, lin­ear alge­bra and dif­fer­en­tial equa­tions at Har­vard, and, sev­er­al years back, he pulled togeth­er a fair­ly nifty col­lec­tion of Math­e­mat­ics Scenes in Movies. Over 150 films are rep­re­sent­ed here, every­thing from Good Will Hunt­ing, A Beau­ti­ful Mind, Juras­sic Park (above) to Alice in Won­der­land (1951), The Mal­tese Fal­con and Apoc­a­lypse Now. You can watch each scene in flash for­mat on Knil­l’s site, or down­load them as a quick­time file. And, math buffs, don’t miss our col­lec­tion of Free Online Math Cours­es, a sub­set of our meta list, 1,700 Free Online Cours­es from Top Uni­ver­si­ties.

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