Me & Isaac Newton

You don't have to be a chem-lab wonk to be seduced by the seven scientists who discuss their work and lives in this engaging film. Shattering popular stereotypes of introverted, maladroit science geeks with their eloquence, they effortlessly communicate the allure of lemurs, thinking machines, chemistry, cancer research and cognitive theory. As an adolescent,...read more

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You don't have to be a chem-lab wonk to be seduced by the seven scientists who discuss their work and lives in this engaging film. Shattering popular stereotypes of introverted, maladroit science geeks with their eloquence, they

effortlessly communicate the allure of lemurs, thinking machines, chemistry, cancer research and cognitive theory. As an adolescent, Michio Kaku built an atom-smasher in his garage; later, he became a theoretical physicist committed to political activism and completing Albert Einstein's unfinished

"theory of everything." Nobel Prize-winning chemist Gertrude Elion lost two loved ones to incurable diseases and found her calling in pharmaceutical research, undeterred by either the scarcity of women in the field or her uninspiring start — testing the acidity of pickles. Maja Matarac

emigrated to the U.S. from Hungary as a teenager and aspired toward a career in the arts before classes in computer science led her to the field of artificial intelligence. Dashing Steven Pinker, who in his college days had the high-cheekboned good looks of a rock star, got in on the ground floor

of cognitive neuroscience and the task of mapping the human brain. Indian environmental physicist Ashok Gadgil devoted himself to devising an inexpensive, effective way of purifying water in developing nations. English doctor Karol Sikora, who specialized in gene therapy, now heads the World

Health Organization's Cancer Program. Primatologist Patricia Wright, recipient of a MacArthur Foundation "genius grant," followed an amateur interest in monkeys from her home in Rochester, N.Y., to the jungles of Madagascar. Her research on lemurs led her to a second career as a conservationist,

raising money to preserve natural environments for future generations. Throughout, director Michael Apted captures both the formidable intelligence and surprising modesty of his subjects as they address topics as wide-ranging as how they became interested in their fields to what they hope science

can do for humanity.

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  • Released: 2000
  • Rating: NR
  • Review: You don't have to be a chem-lab wonk to be seduced by the seven scientists who discuss their work and lives in this engaging film. Shattering popular stereotypes of introverted, maladroit science geeks with their eloquence, they effortlessly communicate t… (more)

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