Life Is Mathematics: Looking at the movie Pi. Essay

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Life Is Mathematics: Looking at the movie Pi.

Well that pretty much says it all. What is it? It is a very good movie. This is an Independent film. It is a number which can only be defined in the mind. The first time I watched this movie was when I was at my best friend’s house last year around 2am. We watched it on VHS, but didn’t finish it. I came back here and found someone who had it on their computer; we burned it to a CD in a DivX format. “DivX(TM) is a leading MPEG-4 compatible video compression technology, with over 50 million users worldwide” (e.Digital Corp.). Now I can watch it whenever I want to.

This movie is in black and white. It is not old, but it is not in color. That adds to the effect of the
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However, every time I watch, it I pick up on something else. I pick up on some other allusion or some other spin on a story.

I am a math major so this movie is fun to watch because one aspect of it is math. There is a little bit of history in it. The golden ratio, the golden spiral, and how density was discovered. These are all things a math major should know. It is nice to see them incorporated in a movie about math.

Using math you can do anything you want. This is illustrated by a quote I found in a book about Math Theory.

One Hungarian physicist once remarked in the course of writing a textbook that although he would often be referring to the motions and collisions of billiard balls to illustrate the laws of mechanics, he has neither see nor played this game and his knowledge of it was derived entirely from the study of physics books. (Barrow 21)

One way to understand Mathematics is to look at language; mathematics is a language in itself and in some cases it can help you understand another culture, without having to live in that culture.

There are many references to the Kabbalah in this movie.. More than references, the movie talks about it directly. In the movie it is said that the Kabbalah was written by god and every letter is a number. When you take it apart word by word, you get a series of number. In the movie they show that the word for father is one number, the

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