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The Discrete Charm of Geometry

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.

The Discrete Charm of Geometry will be screened on Tuesday, July 19th starting 18:30 in the TU Berlin Audimax right after the Public Lecture of Helmut Pottmann.

Colors of Math

July 21st, 16:00 in MA 004

Introduced and followed by a Q&A with Ekaterina Eremenko

Short discription of the film:
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...

This film features a series of intimate monologues by mathematicians Jean-Michel Bismut, Anatoly Fomenko, Maxim Kontsevich, Aaditya Rangan, Cédric Villani, and Günter Ziegler about their personal and emotional involvement in the process of discovery.
The film is 60 minute long.

Director: Ekaterina Eremenko
Executive Producer: Yuri Tschinkel