Me and Isaac Newton | Spotlight | Indy Week
Pin It

Me and Isaac Newton 

In his latest documentary, perennial humanitarian Michael Apted (director of the 7 Up series) aims to make science accessible to the masses. His method? Putting a human face on scientists. Apted interviews seven scientists from several different fields, including the late Gertrude Elion, a pharmaceutical chemist from Chapel Hill who fought childhood leukemia. Apted gives his subjects free reign, and encourages their metaphoric meanderings. The film's title is taken from one such riff. Physicist Michio Kaku ice-skates whenever he hits the theoretical wall. "It's just me and Isaac Newton, skating on the ice," Kaku says. "Newton's laws have been well understood for 300 years. I don't have to bat my brains against the quantum theory, against black holes and the big bang. It's just me and Isaac Newton, free of all the constraints I had before." See "Opening Friday" for details.

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

INDY Week publishes all kinds of comments, but we don't publish everything.

  • Comments that are not contributing to the conversation will be removed.
  • Comments that include ad hominem attacks will also be removed.
  • Please do not copy and paste the full text of a press release.

Permitted HTML:
  • To create paragraphs in your comment, type <p> at the start of a paragraph and </p> at the end of each paragraph.
  • To create bold text, type <b>bolded text</b> (please note the closing tag, </b>).
  • To create italicized text, type <i>italicized text</i> (please note the closing tag, </i>).
  • Proper web addresses will automatically become links.

Latest in Spotlight

  • Paul Newman, 1925-2008

    Paul Newman, 1925-2008

    A hero we could believe in
    • Oct 3, 2008
  • Remembering director Sydney Pollack, and his visit to Durham

    Remembering director Sydney Pollack, and his visit to Durham

    Pollack's death Monday, May 26, at age 73 represents the passing of a true film raconteur and accomplished director.
    • May 27, 2008
  • <i>Om Shanti Om</i>

    Om Shanti Om

    Om Shanti Om delivers the glitter and glamour, the comedy and thrills, religion and the supernatural, mother love, high fashion and eye-popping  production numbers in proper masala fashion.
    • Nov 14, 2007
  • More »


Twitter Activity

Most Recent Comments

I find this rather interesting ..My name is Gary E.Queen .I am a grand son of Thomas H. Queen,Descendant ,Of …

by Gary E. Queen on The Queen Family (Spotlight)

"He was the picture of a man comfortable in his own skin and celebrity." I never met Pollack, but I …

by rwcass on Remembering director Sydney Pollack, and his visit to Durham (Spotlight)

This may be Don Cheadle's masterpiece. The way he stays in character throughout the entire performance is Oscar-worthy. Go see …

by lovinit on Talk to me (Spotlight)

Thanks Godfrey. I sometimes disagree strongly with you (like on The Queen, which I think you wildly misjudged and misunderstood), …

by Tim on Robert Altman, 1925-2006, consummate contrarian (Spotlight)

Comments

I find this rather interesting ..My name is Gary E.Queen .I am a grand son of Thomas H. Queen,Descendant ,Of …

by Gary E. Queen on The Queen Family (Spotlight)

"He was the picture of a man comfortable in his own skin and celebrity." I never met Pollack, but I …

by rwcass on Remembering director Sydney Pollack, and his visit to Durham (Spotlight)

Most Read

No recently-read stories.

Visit the archives…

© 2016 Indy Week • 201 W. Main St., Suite 101, Durham, NC 27701 • phone 919-286-1972 • fax 919-286-4274
RSS Feeds | Powered by Foundation