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“The world’s whole economic engine now is increasingly based on mathematics and science. From Genentech to Google to Goldman Sachs, math and science is becoming king."—Jim Simons

(Comment j’ai détesté les maths)

Fri. Sep 26, 12:45 pm, Cinematheque
Sun. Sep 28, 4:00 pm, SFU-GCA
Mon. Sep 29, 9:00 pm, Intl Village 8

France | DIR: Olivier Peyon

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Classification: PG - coarse language; violence


A broad ranging and hard-hitting discussion of the importance (and regular misuse) of mathematics in our lives, How I Came to Hate Maths is also very much about why we should love math and care that its power is used well. This captivating documentary builds its several arguments on significant recent data, as well as the inspired testimonials of gifted teachers, mathematicians and kvetching children. Director Olivier Peyon moves tactfully from lively discussions about how teaching "new math" created bewilderment instead of creativity right along to the present-day high anxiety underpinning mathematics-fuelled exchange-traded derivatives, risk (mis)management and financial collapse.

There is a wonderful section at a convention of higher mathematicians. Their exuberance and conviviality is captured in these words: "Mathematics is the largest manufacturer of concepts in the world. In the 20th century the field of mathematics exploded. In 1900, research mathematicians numbered around 150 in the world. Today there are 80,000! And they each produce about one theorem a year. It’s just full of overflowing, abundant activity. It’s essential to bring attention to this movement."


Vancouver International Film Festival | VIFF 2014

September 25 - October 10, 2014

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