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Mathematics Goes to the Movies

by Burkard Polster and Marty Ross


The Absent-Minded Professor (1961)

Professor Ned Brainard (Fred MacMurray) is teaching a chemistry class. On the blackboard in the background are chemical equations involving differentials.

Professor Brainard’s notebook contains similar equations.

Professor Brainard is in his laboratory, and is singing to the tune of “Here comes the Bride”.
PROFESSOR BRAINARD: The square root of E minus C alpha-G.

Professor Brainard is checking his calculations on the blackboard.
PROFESSOR BRAINARD: What a lunkhead I am! Instead of minus it should be plus!