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Maths movie round up

You wait and wait for a movie about a mathematical genius, and then three come at once. I’ve got Turing, I’ve got Ramanujan, I’ve got Erdős. 

The Imitation Game

The Imitation Game is an Alan Turing biopic, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley. It’s out in November, but this trailer has just been released.

The Man Who Knew Infinity

The Man Who Knew Infinity is a Srinivasa Ramanujan biopic, starring Dev Patel and Jeremy Irons and based on Robert Kanigel’s book. It’s been in development hell for eight years, but according to Variety filming will start in Cambridge in August.


Erdős-Bacon is a documentary about the Small World Phenomenon, and in particular the quest to minimise both your Erdős number – the number of publications linked by co-authors between you and Paul Erdős – and your Bacon number – the number of films linked by cast members between you and Kevin Bacon.

The producers are a keen and youthful bunch, which means they’ve gone to Kickstarter to raise money. They want \$40,000, and they hope this pitch will encourage you to open your wallets:

This documentary is the handshake that links a famed actor and a legendary mathematician, creating history’s lowest Erdős-Bacon number.

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Erdős-Bacon on Kickstarter.

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