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Mathematics Goes to the Movies

by Burkard Polster and Marty Ross


21 Grams (2003)

Some mathematical models in the background

PAUL: There is a number hidden in every act of life, in every aspect of the universe. Fractals, matter... that there's a number screaming to tell us something. Am I boring you?
CRISTINA: No. No. L...
PAUL: I'm sorry. I guess I try to tell them that numbers are a door to understanding a mystery that's bigger than us. How two people, strangers, come to meet. There's a poem by a Venezuelan writer that begins...”The Earth turned to bring us closer. It turned on itself and in us until it finally brought us together in this dream."
CRISTINA: That's beautiful.
PAUL: There's so many things that have to happen for two people to meet and... Anyway, that's . . . that's what mathematics are.

Girlfriend waiting in his office. Some Zometool models. Icosahedron and ??