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Dangerous Knowledge

Synopsis
A sympathetic portrayal of the genius of four brilliant mathematicians and their attempts to unravel the mysteries of the universe with tragic repercussions for their sanity. This programme addresses some of the 21st century’s profound questions about the true nature of reality. Covers Georg Cantor, Ludwig Boltzmann, Kurt Gödel and Alan Turing - whose genius has profoundly affected us, but which tragically drove them insane and eventually led to them all committing suicide.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Year of release
2008
Year of production
2007
Notes
Broadcast on BBC4 on 8/8/2007.
Documentation
The library section of the website http://www.becauseyouthink.tv/library/default.asp will shortly provide subscribers (free) with extensive documentation on the thinking behind the programme, comprehensive research notes, comment and further information on the films.
Subjects
Mathematics; Physics; Psychiatry; Psychology
Keywords
mathematicians; mental disorders; philosophy of science; Turing, Alan; mathematical concepts; genius; Cantor, Georg; Gödel, Kurt; Boltzmann, Ludwig

Online availability

URI
http://www.documentary-film.net/search/video-listings.php?e=287
Price
subscription
Delivery
Streamed

Credits

Director
David Malone

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
Region 0
Price
£15.99
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
89 minutes
Year
2011

Production Company

Name

I-330 Films

Contact
David Malone
Web
http://www.i330.co.uk/ External site opens in new window

Distributor

Name

Documentary Film Network

Email
http://www.documentary-film.net/contact.php
Web
http://www.documentary-film.net/ External site opens in new window

Distributor (Sale)

Name

becauseyouthink.tv

Web
http://www.becauseyouthink.tv/ External site opens in new window
Notes
Exclusive source of thought-provoking television documentaries by David Malone, accompanied on the website by producer and director notes for research purposes, as well source material used in the productions. Topics covered so far include the use of stem cells in regenerative medicine, the relationship between science and religion, and the mental health of eminent scientists. Programmes are currently for sale on DVD, but online streaming is planned.
Name

Uniview Worldwide

Email
sales@uniview.co.uk
Web
http://www.uniview.co.uk External site opens in new window
Phone
0151 648 9988
Address
PO Box 20
Hoylake
Wirral
CH48 7HY
Notes
NB. Uniview ceased trading at the end of July 2016. Some of the products previously distributed by them are available from Short Cuts TV: http://www.shortcutstv.com/

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