30
Jul
2010
johan

PI and The New Yorker

One of my favorite films is Darren Aronofskys π (PI) released in 1998. It's a true low budget movie which cost only $60k to make. It's about a young reclusive mathematician, who builds a supercomputer in his apartment in order to find hidden patterns in pi.

Just the other day I was reading a totally unrelated blog post about the 100 greatest magazine articles of all time. Some way down I spotted The mountains of PI by Richard Preston published by The New Yorker in 1992. Already after a few paragraph it became pretty clear that this must have been a big inspiration for Aronofsky when writing the screenplay for the film. The article portrays two former russian mathematicians, the Chudnovsky brothers.

I don't think it takes away from the film, which is complete fiction. The article is very interesting on it's own merits. Highly recommended read!

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