Four Mathematicians Enter; How Many Will Leave?!

by Kareem Carr

In my undergrad days, we used to have a bad science fiction night. I haven’t seen this movie, but I suspect it would probably fit right in. I was just so amused to learn of a movie about mathematicians that I had to share. The movie industry never gets it quite right, but they tend to be entertaining anyway. (For what it’s worth, I liked ‘A Beautiful Mind’!)

In the Spanish thriller, Fermat’s Room, four mathematicians who do not know each other are invited by a mysterious host on the pretext of resolving a great enigma. The room in which they find themselves turns out to be a shrinking room that will crush them if they do not discover in time what connects them all and why someone might wish to murder them.

[Hat tip: IO9]

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