This page is part of the website

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.

2:22

Professor Brainard’s notebook contains similar equations.

4:55

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.

6:15

Professor Brainard is checking his calculations on the blackboard.

PROFESSOR BRAINARD: What a lunkhead I am! Instead of minus it should be plus!