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Me & Isaac Newton (1999)

Seven of today's top scientist/researchers are the subject of this humourous exploration of real people behind the white lab coats; more about what makes the tick than what they have per-se... See full summary »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Paul G. Allen ... Presenter
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gertrude Elion Gertrude Elion ... Herself - Chemist
Ashok Gadgil Ashok Gadgil ... Himself - Environmental Physicist
Michio Kaku ... Himself - Theoretical Physicist
Maja Mataric Maja Mataric ... Herself - Computer Scientist
Steven Pinker ... Himself - Cognitive Scientist
Karol Sikora Karol Sikora ... Himself - Professor of Cancer Medicine
Patricia Wright Patricia Wright ... Herself - Primatologist
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Seven of today's top scientist/researchers are the subject of this humourous exploration of real people behind the white lab coats; more about what makes the tick than what they have per-se accomplished. Chosen because the subjects are the very best in their particular fields, featured are Gertrude Elion, Ashok Gadgil, Michio Kaku, Maja Materic, Steven Pinker, Karol Sikora and Patricia C. Wright. Written by Len Massaar

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 November 2000 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,382, 17 November 2000, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$32,269, 17 December 2000
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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A terrific documentary on what makes great scientists do what they do--a great followup to Apted's INSPIRATIONS (about artists).
10 March 2000 | by BA624See all my reviews

Even if science was your worst subject in school, you'll likely respond to the seven inspiring individuals whose stories are shared in this wonderful film by Michael Apted. My favorites were physicist Michio Kaku, who explains a tough subject with clarity,humor, and passion; and Gertrude Elion, a tireless pharmaceutical researcher who won a share of the Nobel Prize for her research into drugs that now cure 80% of childhood leukemia.

Every portrait is a good one--the Indian environmental scientist who invents a cheap way to make water safe in his very poor nation; the primatologist who follows her heart to Madagascar and uses her MacArthur grant to create a wildlife preserve for lemurs; and so much more.


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