Friday, November 5, 2010

Another mathematical death

It's almost legend in mathematical circles.  A movie which spends a significant amount of time in the opening scenes showing a mathematical proof, crystal clear to those who understand it, opaque to some mathematicians,  less transparent to the rest of the world, of the "snake lemma".  Presenting an essentially complete, correct, proof.  All to set up the fact that the lead character is a brilliant, if abrasive mathematician.  And she's a she --- rare in mathematics when the movie was made.
The movie was "It's My Turn", an otherwise forgettable comedy, starring Jill Clayburgh, Michael Douglas and Charles Grodin, amongst others.  Jill Clayburgh has apparently died, and although she wasn't a mathematician in reality, she did a good job of portraying one on the screen.

Yours, in celebration of a role, and a actress who played it,

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