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National Science Week – Maths Documentaries

August 16 - August 18

MATRIX invites you to join us during National Science Week 2021, for free screenings of the following documentaries that celebrate the wonders of the mathematical sciences.  visit: https://www.matrix-inst.org.au/events/docos/.

1.  Math Circles Around The World

Documentary film by Ekaterina Eremenko

16 August 2021, 16.30 AEST (Melbourne)

Every week, hundreds of children in different cities of the world meet to solve complex problems. Who they are, why they do it and how, in the movie “Math Circles Around the World”.

Target audience: school-age children and young adults (Primary, Secondary, Tertiary students), school teachers, and parents/guardians. The general public may also find the film very interesting. A free online MathsCraft workshop will follow the screening.

2.  Secrets of The Surface – The Mathematical Vision of Maryam Mirzakhani

Documentary film by George Csicsery

16 August 2021, 19.30 AEST (Melbourne)

Filmed in Canada, Iran, and the United States, Secrets of the Surface: The Mathematical Vision of Maryam Mirzakhani examines the life and mathematical work of Maryam Mirzakhani, an Iranian immigrant to the United States who became a superstar in her field. In 2014, she was both the first woman and the first Iranian to be honored by mathematics’ highest prize, the Fields Medal.

Mirzakhani’s contributions are explained in the film by leading mathematicians and illustrated by animated sequences. Her mathematical colleagues from around the world, as well as former teachers, classmates, and students in Iran today, convey the deep impact of her achievements. The path of her education, success on Iran’s Math Olympiad team, and her brilliant work, make Mirzakhani an ideal role model for girls looking toward careers in science and mathematics.

3.  Colors of Math

Documentary film by Ekaterina Eremenko

17 August 2021, 19.30 AEST (Melbourne)

To most people math appears abstract, mysterious, complicated, inaccessible. But math is nothing but a different language to express the world. Math can be sensual. Math can be tasted, it smells, it creates sound and color. One can touch it – and be touched by it…

See mathematics through the eyes of contemporary mathematicians and get a glimpse into their view on the world. The movie features some of the most well-known living mathematicians of our time:  •Cédric Villani  •Anatoly Fomenko  •Aaditya V. Rangan   • Günter M. Ziegler   • Jean-Michel Bismut  • Maxim Kontsevich

4.  The Discrete Charm of Geometry

Documentary film by Ekaterina Eremenko

18 August 2021, 19.30 AEST (Melbourne)

A team of mathematicians is working together on a big project. Excitement of discovery, hope and disappointment, competition and recognition are shown from an infinitely close distance. Scientists united by the idea of discretization, which, in short, means: constructing continuous objects from basic building blocks. Akin to the scientists’ search for the right discretization of continuum, this film itself is composed of fragments – individual characters of different ages, temperaments and scientific approaches – which form a single continuous melody. The question of where the boundaries lie between mathematics and the lives of those who are involved in it and how much they are willing to sacrifice is as important as the search for precise scientific answers. A unique and unprecedented dive into the unknown world of mathematicians.

 

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Start:
August 16
End:
August 18
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Start:
August 16
End:
August 18
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