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While Hollywood celebrates the best in movie making from 2005, news@nature.com has decided to delve into the world of science and cinema.


Plot summary: A devoted daughter mourns the death of her father, a brilliant but mentally ill mathematician. Also a mathematician herself, she claims to have written a groundbreaking proof during the five years that she was caring for him.

Science review: This film reinforces the popular stereotype of the brilliant mathematician recluse, who outshines everyone in his youth before slowly losing his marbles. But it also asks a deeper question: how do we know anything with certainty? Proof plausibly shows that a mathematician’s work is never done. But less plausibly, it shows young Hal (Jake Gyllenhaal) checking the claimed proof of Catherine (Gwyneth Paltrow) in just one week.

Award: Best song on a mathematical topic (three minutes of silence for the imaginary number ‘i‘)

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