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The Calculus of Love

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This post is something a little different from the usual.

I just spent an enjoyable few days filming for a BBC Horizon documentary on the modern story of black holes, and their role in galactic astrophysics (a tale told in part in my book Gravity’s Engines). I also learned that the director, Dan Clifton, had recently made a wonderful short film called The Calculus of Love.

It’s a story of science, obsessions, and of course love. The question is whether it’s human love or the tormented love of an elusive mathematical truth. I’m not sure I’ve seen any movie, long or short, that so quickly pulls you into this kind of intense world as well as Calculus. Take a look and see what you think!

You can watch it here below, and get more information here.

THE CALCULUS OF LOVE from Dan Clifton on Vimeo.

Caleb A. Scharf About the Author: Caleb Scharf is the director of Columbia University's multidisciplinary Astrobiology Center. He has worked in the fields of observational cosmology, X-ray astronomy, and more recently exoplanetary science. His latest book is 'Gravity's Engines: How Bubble-Blowing Black Holes Rule Galaxies, Stars, and Life in the Cosmos', and he is working on 'The Copernicus Complex' (both from Scientific American / Farrar, Straus and Giroux.) Follow on Twitter @caleb_scharf.

The views expressed are those of the author and are not necessarily those of Scientific American.



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  1. 1. RussAbbott 7:33 pm 12/10/2012

    The guy is pretty obnoxious, isn’t he. Not much a recommendation for mathematics.

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  2. 2. sjfone 8:35 am 12/11/2012

    Jeepers, that clip was so romantical.

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  3. 3. S. N. Tiwary 7:38 am 12/12/2012

    Emotion and love are not calculable or measurable.
    S. N. Tiwary
    DIRECTOR

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