Pi day: 3, (14) movies about math

in CineTV9 months ago

The fourteenth day of the third month is has been set as pi day. (3/14)



What is Pi?

The number π is a mathematical constant, approximately equal to 3.14159. It is defined in Euclidean geometry as the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter, and also has various equivalent definitions. It appears in many formulas in all areas of mathematics and physics. The earliest known use of the Greek letter π to represent the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter was by the Welsh mathematician William Jones in 1706. It is also referred to as Archimedes's constant.

Source by wikipedia

Truth be told, if I were trying to explain pi and its meaning to you, I probably would not be able to do so, so I chose to put the definition from Wikipedia.
Please feel sorry for a classic philologist who may not know math, but he knows some things about movies.
So, let's take a look at some math-related movies

Πι (Pi) (1998)

The first film to honor Pi's Day could not be other than Darren Aronofsky's film of the same name. The genius theoretical mathematical protagonist of the film searches with an obsessive zeal for the real key number of the universe. This search will lead him to uncharted paths of his mind, eventually reminding us of the proximity of madness and genius.

One: Mathematics is the language of nature.
Two: Everything around us can be represented and understood through numbers.
Three: If you graph the numbers of any system, patterns emerge.
Therefore, there are patterns everywhere in nature.

Max Cohen

The black and white cinematography intensifies the claustrophobic atmosphere that the hero lives in, the small apartment, and his obsession. It makes everyone around our hero looks suspicious as if they want a piece of him. And maybe they do...

Good Will Hunting (1997)

The solution to a difficult mathematical practice posed by a professor as a challenge becomes the reason for revealing the mathematical talent of the genius janitor working in the university. A man. who may not have studied maths, but with his formidable ability can solve complex mathematical equations. The problem is that he still struggles with demons that prevent him from developing his talent.
Matt Damon and Ben Affleck wrote a screenplay that was rightly honored with an Oscar regarding genius and the push it might need sometimes to move on. And that's what the great Robin Williams did in the role of genius mentor (Damon).

Agora (2009)

Since this day we honor mathematics, a female figure could not be missing. The film Agora refers to the life of Hypatia, a pioneering woman who in the 4th century AD. dared not only to study mathematics but also to teach them, breaking an abaton that wanted science to be male-dominated. Hypatia died because she put science above everything else, even her own life.

Apart from some points that I would say reach the limits of melodrama, The Market with the interpretation of Rachel Weiss is a film that is worth watching to honor mathematics.


There is a mnemonic rule that is used in Greek to help students remember the first digits of pi. Some believe that this was made by Plato, a true lover of mathematics, as he believed in the close relation between Maths and Philosophy.



Translation: Always the God the Mighty uses geometry, to find the length of the circle by the diameter, he made a number with no end, and alast humans will never find the end of it.

Do you know any other mnemonic tricks for the digits of Pi?

Ps. As you probably noticed by now, there were only 3 movies in this post, and not 3,14 😀

Thank you for reading!



Thanks for sharing some pi day movies :)
I hadn't checked entries yet, but glad to see I inspired at least one person with the writing prompt! I will share it on Listnerds for you..


Thank you, Sunshine!
I was sleepy last night and I forgot to write about the twitter prompt in my post. Sorry!
Thank you for sharing it om Listnerds!

You don't have to mention it, it's meant to inspire. Of course, you can but no need to or feel sorry if you forgot!

And you're welcome, hope it brought some visitors :)

I want to mention it to engage more people with twitter prompts. They are so good! Gives you a motive, something to write about.

I'm very happy that you like them and use them so often <3 You are a true inspiration to the community!

I want to mention it to engage more people with twitter prompts. They are so good! Gives you a motive, something to write about.untitled.gif

The first movie is definitely the most important (and the only one I've watched...many times)


Glad you liked Pi. you are right. It was a very good movie. The first and one of the best of Aronofksy.
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In the United States, March 14th is national NAP day... so maybe pi and naps go together! Came here from ListNerds!

LOL, that's a fun fact :)

It is also the national day of steak (@papacrusher, did you know that?)
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EVERY day is national day of steak in my house! lololol

Great thanks for sharing my friend
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I couldn't miss the opportunity to write about Pi.


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You are right. It is a beautiful movie. I promise to write a post just about it.

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A Math movie post! I love it!

And out of your excellent list of awesome films, there is only one I haven't seen, Agora, and I am slightly mystified that I have somehow missed it. It shall be remedied, and I hope you have had a lovely Pi Day!

Thank you for your comment.
I am not that good at maths, but I love science.
Agora is the story of Hypatia, an ancient Greek mathematician, in an era when no woman could involve in science. A great role model for us all.


Aww, I love that GIF! And I am so looking forward to watching Agora! Thank you again for such an awesome recommendation!

And I bet with your love of science that you are amazing a math too😊

Happy Pi Day! It's also my niece's birthday, which makes it easier for me to remember. :)

Happy birthday to your niece.

Thank you for your comment.

Good Will Hunting was one of Robin Williams' greatest roles and I adore that movie. My favorite line..."Do you like apples?" lolololol


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It was one of the greatest role of Robin Williams. He is missed.

There are many films about that, but I really like this one, that's why I chose it.
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I hope you had a great Pi-day! Mine was just as bad as my maths usually are ... so I'm happy to see some good things about PI anyway.

Thanks for your movie suggestions!

Hope your day got better. I am terrible at maths, and have to use a calcurator when I have to use numbers.

But at least, I can watch movies about maths and pretend that we understand waht they say.
Thank you for your comment.

That scene between Robbin Williams and Matt Damon is just an amazing, eye-opening scene. Amazing post as usual @evaredskin

Thank you, Amir.
You are very kind. I like Good Will Hunting. It is a beautiful movie with many meaningful scenes.


Never thought about why March 14th was pi day. Very informational post, thanks.

Thank you for your comment.
It was the twitter prompt of Cinetv that prompt me to write about pi day.
I am a bit terrible at maths. (better in physics and chemistry)

Thanks for the list! As a math nerd (once upon a time), I probably would like them.

Thank you for your comment. Hope you enjoyed the list and the math referance


Weirdly, this is the first pi-day post I read on Hive. Thanks for allowing me to add a few movies on my watch-list. I have seen "Good Will Hunting" but not the other two.


Thank you for your comment!
I am glad to help you with your watch list...

You are welcome!


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