Adventures of a Mathematician


Mary D. Fisher Theatre Sun, Oct 10 7:00 PM
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Film Info
Event Type:Narrative Feature
Release Year:2020
Run Time:101 minutes
Production Country:Germany, Poland, United Kingdom
Original Language:English, Polish
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Thor Klein
Cast:Joel Basman
Sabin Tambrea
Fabian Kociecki
Esther Garrel
Philippe Tlokinski
Sam Keeley
Ryan Gage


“Adventures of a Mathematician” tells the warmhearted story of Polish immigrant and mathematician Stan Ulam, who moved to the U.S. in the 1930s. Stan deals with the difficult losses of family and friends all while helping to create the hydrogen bomb and the first computer.

The film is based on the autobiography “Adventures of a Mathematician” by Stanislaw Ulam.

Cambridge, USA, 1942. Stan Ulam is a 30-year-old talented Polish Jewish mathematician, a good-looking bon vivant who is quick with a joke. Stan’s life becomes complicated when he loses his fellowship at Harvard, but his best friend, the Hungarian genius Johnny von Neumann, quickly offers him a mysterious job which takes him to New Mexico.

Stan moves to Los Alamos with Françoise, a French woman he meets and marries after a whirlwind romance. Surrounded by young, eccentric, charismatic immigrant scientists, Stan begins top secret work on a nuclear bomb that could potentially blow up the entire world.

While desperately trying to help his sister flee Nazi-occupied Poland, Stan teams up with Johnny to create the first computer, giving birth to the digital age as Europe bursts into flames.