Cult Classics / Science on Screen®
Part of National Science on Screen Night!
Film: PI, Directed by Darren Aronofsky
Topic: Mathematics and Mysticism in Aronofsky’s PI
Speakers: Rabbi Sholom Dubrov, Founder and Director, Chabad of Greater Orlando and Professor Barry Griffiths, Associate Instructor of Mathematics, University of Central Florida
Pi is a science fiction thriller about the haunting journey into the genius mind of renegade mathematician Maximillian Cohen (Gullette). Max is on the verge of the most important discovery of his life. For the past ten years, he has been attempting to decode the numerical pattern beneath the ultimate system of ordered chaos, the stock market. Pursued by an aggressive Wall Street firm set on financial domination and by Jewish Kabbalists intent on unlocking the secrets behind their holy texts, Max races to crack the code, hoping to defy the madness that looms before him.
This discussion on Aronofsky’s directorial debut features experts on Jewish mysticism and the numerical pattern pi weighing in on the way these themes drive the theme’s protagonist, Maximillian Cohen, toward his goal of ultimate understanding and, consequently, to near madness. Enzian invites the audience to discover how math and mysticism may drive our lives.
About the Speakers
Dr. Barry Griffiths is an Associate Instructor in the Department of Mathematics at the University of Central Florida, and teaches summer classes at John Cabot University in Rome, Italy. He gained his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of Leicester in the UK, master’s degrees in mathematics and economics from the University of Florida and University of Central Florida respectively, and a Ph.D. in higher education and policy studies from the University of Central Florida.
Rabbi Sholom B. Dubov is the founder of Chabad Lubavitch of Greater Orlando Inc. in Maitland, Fl. During his religious education, Rabbi Dubov spent two years a student emissary at the Yeshivah in New Haven, Ct. There he served as a student-Rabbi intern at the Chabad House at Yale University. Rabbi Dubov currently serves as President of the Rabbinate of Central Florida and team-lead for the Florida Council of Chabad Rabbis. In his 32 years of public Service to the Central Florida community, Dubov has founded 10 Chabad centers in Greater Orlando.
USA, 1998, 84 minutes, Rated R, Directed by Darren Aronofsky