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Mathematics Goes to the Movies

by Burkard Polster and Marty Ross


Spiderman 2 (2004)

ROSIE: You need to sleep soundly tonight, Otto.
OTTO: Did Edison sleep before he turned on the light?
Did Marconi sleep before he turned on the radio?
Did Beethoven sleep before he wrote the 5th?
PETER : Did Bernoulli sleep before he found the curves of quickest descent?
OTTO: Rosie, I love this boy.

NEWSPAPER BOSS: Guy named Otto Octavius winds up with eight limbs. What are the odds?

PROFESSOR: And when the borderline is tau equals zero, the eigenvalues are...? Someone, please
PETER: .23 electron volts.
PROFESSOR: Excellent work today, Parker. Keep it up.