Saturday, December 27, 2008

Exposed: Pi, 7 p.m., Jan. 20 at SFM

"Extraordinary how mathematics help you to know yourself."
Molloy, Samuel Beckett
*Or is it?
The Exposed: Inside Film series, which took a detour from its mission to provide insight into cult films to offer the inexplicable holiday strangeness, Santa Claus Conquers the Martians, returns with Pi, 7 p.m., Tues., Jan. 20 at the JBL Theater ($5 general, free for members. Call 1.877.EMP.SFM1).

Pi (1998), directed by Darren Aronofsky, tells the story of a lonely mathematician who believes that nature can be represented and understood through numbers. After the film, a rabbi, a mathematician, and an expert in the game of Go (anyone have the punch line?) enumerate the facts and fiction in Pi.

For a jumpstart on this discussion, check out the
Science News article, Brain reorganizes to make room for math, which explains how learning math messes with kids' minds.

The Exposed: Inside Film series is another Seattle International Film Festival and EMP/SFM team up (They're also bringing us our film festival Feb. 7). The theme of the series this winter is Do-It-Yourself (DIY), more play for low-budget sci-fi films.

Speaking of DIY, everybody caught the article on San Francisco's biohackers, right? Doing genetic engineering at home for fun and, well, mostly just fun, but who knows, maybe innovation or mayhem too. Good for science? People are debating. Good for science fiction? Aw, yeah. The apocalypse can start in anyone's apartment for less than $100.

More evidence for the science fiction/reality merger: per io9, per William Gibson.

"One day I counted them. Three hundred and fifteen farts in nineteen hours, or an average of over sixteen farts an hour. After all it's not excessive. Four farts every fifteen minutes. It's nothing. Not even one fart every four minutes. It's unbelievable. Damn it, I hardly fart at all, I should never have mentioned it. Extraordinary how mathematics help you to know yourself."Molloy, Beckett

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