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#1 Tabaluga

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Posted 09 May 2014 - 09:18 PM

Hi, I thought it might be a good idea to collect some movies about scientists or research work. I don't mean science documentations, but acted movies. Of course we all know that the depictions are often inaccurate, but I think they can be fun to watch anyway wink.png Problem is that when I search the web for movies like the ones below I just come up with yet another "Frankensteinesque-mad-scientist-triggers-zombie-apocalypse" sort of action movie...this is not what I'm looking for, but rather "normal" films which prominently feature scientists/research.

 

I've got three to start with and hopefully you know some more smile.png

 

Life Story - a 1987 BBC movie on the discovery of the DNA structure:

http://digital.films.com/play/UZSWS6

 

The Quest - a short (30 min) 1958 movie on the discovery of Insulin by Banting and Best:

 

Hawking - a 2004 BBC movie about the life of Stephen Hawking:


Edited by Tabaluga, 09 May 2014 - 09:50 PM.

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#2 hobglobin

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Posted 10 May 2014 - 02:57 AM

Well this ends up mostly in biopics then, I've not really watched many of them tongue.png .

To my mind immediately "A Dangerous Method" pops up, about Carl Jung, Sigmund Freud and beginnings of psychoanalysis. It's from Cronenberg who made several films with (often mad) scientists (e.g. The Fly, Scanners).

 

another one: "Fat Man and Little Boy" a movie about the Manhattan Project (development of the A-bomb with Oppenheimer and many others) from 1989.


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Posted 11 May 2014 - 04:42 AM

and well biopics:
Louis Pasteur  from 1935
Madame Curie from 1943
Dr. Ehrlich's Magic Bullet from 1940

 

they have surprisingly high IMDB ratings


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Posted 11 May 2014 - 04:49 AM

and forgot to mention "A Beautiful Mind", should be still known
and for me unknown: Temple Grandin


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#5 Tabaluga

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Posted 11 May 2014 - 09:07 AM

another add to the list: Glory Enough For All http://www.youtube.c...2335503FC4E2D8E

a 1988 UK/Canadian movie in two parts, again about the discovery of Insulin. Liked it for its all too true depiction of how individual egos, the fear of being booted out of a scientific discovery, too little communication and all these little problems many of us can probably relate to make life hard for all people involved.


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Il vivait. Il mourut quand il n'eut plus son ange;
La chose simplement d'elle-même arriva,
Comme la nuit se fait lorsque le jour s'en va.

 


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Posted 13 May 2014 - 09:01 AM

Microbes and Men was a British miniseries in the 70s
Online here: http://www.ovguide.c...bes_and_men.htm
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#7 Tabaluga

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Posted 14 May 2014 - 03:41 PM

And here's something on medical science: "Something the lord made", a 2004 movie about the development of the Blalock-Taussig Shunt in heart surgery and the role of surgical assistant Vivien Thomas against the backdrop of racial discrimination in the US.


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Il vivait. Il mourut quand il n'eut plus son ange;
La chose simplement d'elle-même arriva,
Comme la nuit se fait lorsque le jour s'en va.

 


#8 hobglobin

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Posted 16 May 2014 - 11:06 AM

today's doodle is also a tiny film about Maria Gaetana Agnesi's algebraic curve

 

Doodle in some parts of the world

 

 


One must presume that long and short arguments contribute to the same end. - Epicurus
...except casandra's that belong to the funniest, most interesting and imaginative (or over-imaginative?) ones, I suppose.




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