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Dangerous Knowledge (2007)

Documentary about four of the most brilliant mathematicians of all time, Georg Cantor, Ludwig Boltzmann, Kurt Gödel and Alan Turing, their genius, their tragic madness and their ultimate suicides.

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Documentary about four of the most brilliant mathematicians of all time, Georg Cantor, Ludwig Boltzmann, Kurt Gödel and Alan Turing, their genius, their tragic madness and their ultimate suicides.

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Some interesting concepts presented in a way that engages on an emotional level.
7 October 2016 | by lvmnkysrvySee all my reviews

I'm not a mathematician so can't talk to the completeness or accuracy of the representation on that in this documentary. What I can say is that it introduces concepts in a very digestible way that were otherwise unknown to me (and I have studied physics so am not ignorant of mathematics).

Furthermore, the previous reviewer (Carey Butler) seems to have missed the boat on the concept of dangerous knowledge... the documentary isn't saying that the knowledge is dangerous, but rather that the minds or persons that can develop it are on the edge of reality ...the line between brilliance and madness, particularly when it is tuned to a concept so abstract and unfathomable as infinity (dare I say it) infinitely narrow.


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