Dangerous Knowledge

Synopsis: 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.
Genre: Documentary
Director(s): David Malone
 
IMDB:
7.4
Year:
2007
89 min
14 Views


calling him to mathematics.

That voice which he

heard all his life,

in his mind, was God.

So for Cantor,

his mathematics of infinity

had to be correct,

because God, the 'True Infinite',

had revealed it to him.

These things which are

now hidden from you,

will be brought into the light.

If you look at Cantor's

last major publication,

about Set Theory, in 1895.

It starts with three aphorisms,

and it's third motto

is from the bible,

and it's from Corinthians.

And it's, you know:

that which has been hidden

to you, will eventually

be brought into the light.

And Cantor i think, really

believed he was the messenger.

That this theory had been hidden.

He was God's means,

of bringing this Theory of

the Infinite to the world.

There is no contradiction for

Cantor between his religious

thinking and his mathematics.

He understood or

he was thinking that,

his ideas were a gift of God.

My view was that Cantor was

trying to understand God

and that this was really...

like a mathematical theology

that he was doing.

Cantor's God was the 'Creator God'.

The God who set the planets

spinning in their orbits.

Who's mysteries were the eternal

and perfect laws of motion.

Laws who's discovery had

launched the modern world,

and allowed us to see the world

as curves, trajectories and forces,

and which would one day

even put men on the moon.

The eternal certainties

layed down by God

which Newton and Leibniz

had discovered.

And it was infinity which

lay at the heart of it all.

But, there was a problem with it.

If you look at that beautiful

smooth curve of motion,

you notice it's not

actually smooth.

It's made of an infinite number of

infinitesimally small straight lines.

And each line is an instant

in which nothing moves.

But like frames of film, if you run

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