Great inventions are backed by people who have the passion and belief that there is magic in numbers. One such person was Shakuntala Devi. We have all read about her in school and learned how she had a passion for life and was rightly given the title ‘The Human Computer’. Our history – real and fictional – is littered with such characters who can make even the sternest skeptic believe in the power of mathematics. If you are still wondering whether you should be catching this biography on Amazon Prime Video, here’s how we know you’re going to enjoy it. If you liked any of the movies given below, you will regret not watching Shakuntala Devi.
The Man Who Knew Infinity
Based on the mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujam (Dev Patel), this movie explores the life of the genius from a humble background who had an affinity towards maths. His thoughts on maths and mathematical equations impressed many and he was invited to the University of Cambridge to get a formal education.
The Imitation Game
There are some people who have the power to change the world as we know it and they get an opportunity to prove themselves. Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch) was one such person whose prowess over mathematical probabilities was instrumental in breaking the most difficult coding system invented – the Enigma. And in doing so, he changed the course of the Second World War.
Project Mercury was a successful space launch by the US, wherein astronaut John Glenn was sent into the orbit and brought back. This movie talks about the three hidden African-American women – Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe), and Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) who overcame racial and gender bias by playing a pivotal role in making that launch a success.
An Invisible Sign
Shakuntala Devi had a fondness for teaching and An Invisible Sign follows the journey of Mona Gray (Jessica Alba) – a brilliant mathematician who finds that teaching children helps her deal with the real problems in life.
The Theory of Everything
Stephen Hawking (Eddie Redmayne) was one of the most brilliant minds in recent history. His work as an astrophysicist has brought some revolutionary changes in the way we see the world. He was also instrumental in working towards prolonging his life with the help of machines when he was diagnosed with motor neuron disease so that he could continue his work.
Good Will Hunting
An Academy Award winner, Good Will Hunting follows Will (Matt Damon) who excels at maths but has trouble dealing with human equations. We have seen some glimpses of Shakuntala Devi having similar kinds of problems while dealing with her husband and daughter.
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