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Mathematics Goes to the Movies
by Burkard Polster and Marty Ross
The Hudsucker Proxy (1994)
Circle as a good idea that no one believes in. Implemented as hola hoop, straw with bendy bit, frisbee.
6:00 Circle first shows up as circular coffee stain left by the coffee cup on the page of a newspaper. This triggers the hula hoop idea in the hero.
Hero looks at the circle on the way into the corporate building.
Shows piece of paper with a circle to co-worker.
Announcement to the employees:
We regretfully announce that at thirty seconds after the hour of noon, Hudsucker Time, Waring Hudsucker, founder, president and chairman of the board of Hudsucker industries, merged with the infinite.
21:00 shows circle to the evil guy.
EDITOR: The Einstein of enterprise, the Eddison of industry…
Shows circle to heroine
Demonstrates hoop to members of the board.
One of the possible names for the hoop.
German scientist explaining the science of the hoop.
Elevator boy explains straw.
Spirals for madness.