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Me & Isaac Newton

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Released 1999

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Me & Isaac Newton

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Director:
Michael Apted
Released:
1999
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This documentary profiles seven world-class scientists who discuss their careers, obsessions and inspirations. Among them, physicist Michio Kaku explains his fascination with string theory while reflecting on his childhood as a Japanese-American. Primatologist Patricia Wright describes her first trip to the jungles of Madagascar and her enchantment with the lemurs living there. Chemist Gertrude Elion never completed her doctorate, but nonetheless won a Nobel Prize for her pioneering research.

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  • 80

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    Despite its ultimate lack of intellectual substance, Me and Isaac Newton is still inspiring. All seven of its subjects are fascinating, and most are extremely likable. Mr. Apted ha...

  • 75

    San Francisco Chronicle Mick LaSalle

    An elegant and rather even-tempered documentary.

  • 75

    Boston Globe Jay Carr

    As each scientist chronicles his or her story, one is impressed by the place that unswerving motivation and determination has assumed in the work.

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