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Mathematics Goes to the Movies
by Burkard Polster and Marty Ross
Catherine, Einstein’s niece doing some math.
Kurt Goedel is one of Einstein’s colleagues.
Nathan Liebknecht(?): What do you think of Catherine, Mr Ed.
ED: I think she is wonderful.
Boris Podolski: Wonderful to the power of three.
Nathan Liebknecht: What to the power of three, to the power of ten.
Sometimes Iwonder whether I would not be a better mother than a mechanic (Freudian slip) mathematician.
EINSTEIN to ED: You know, Catherine is a brilliant mathematician, but she lacks confidence.
Ed pretending to do math together with Einstein and his friends.
Ed in the garage reading math (mumbling)
lecture with math talk
Let us suppose that v(x) is a standard barrier penetration potential and that xi is a nuclei wave function then as usual –ih bar dxi dt = - d squared xi dx squared +v(x)
CATHERINE: I believe that you used de B???’s formula…
Einstein’s friends helping Ed remember a formula.
How many stars do you think are up there?
CATHERINE: Now, don’t tell me that and brilliant scientist such as yourself doesn’t know about Zeno’s paradox.
ED: Remind me.
CATHERINE: You can’t get from there to here because you always have to cover half the remaining distance. Like from me to you, I have to cover half of it (steps one half closer). But see I still have half of that remaining, so I cover half that (does it), and there is still half of that left, so I cover half of that, and half of that, and half of that, and half of that and since there are infinite halves left I can’t ever get there.
JAMES to CATHERINE: As a fellow mathematician.
News report: Mathematicians and physicists everywhere are putting this historically new theory under the microscope to examine in detail the mathematical brilliance of this simple auto garage mechanic.
CATHERINE: Why you use that operator there?
blackboard (supposed to be Schroedinger equation in operator form
The day the Earth stood still poster on the wall
CATHERINE: I was right about the cold fusion, wasn’t I?
EINSTEIN: Catherine, do you realize that you have proven conclusively that my approach is impossible. Conclusively.
CATHERINE: I knew that, but you said.
EINSTEIN: I meant that I could not prove it or disprove it. Therefore I could not publish it.
CATHERINE: I did something that you couldn’t do?
EINSTEIN: It’s mathematics. I was always terrible at mathematics.