Me & Isaac Newton (2000)



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Director Michael Apted's Inspirations (1997), which explored the nature of creative talent, laid the groundwork for this film in which he investigates scientific brilliance. Apted interviews seven noted figures from divergent fields, including elderly pharmaceutical chemist Gertrude Elion, bestselling author and theoretical physicist Michio Kaku, and MIT linguist Steven Pinker. With wit and radiate intelligence, they discuss their obsessions, observations on life, and the mental processes that brought about their own noted discoveries. Me & Isaac Newton was screened at the 1999 Toronto Film Festival.


Critic Reviews for Me & Isaac Newton

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (2)

For the layperson, it removes the veil from the field of science and allows us to see scientists as driven, passionate, striving people we can relate to.

Oct 8, 2002 | Rating: 4/5

A fine documentary exploring the use of curiosity and creativity in the lives and work of seven scientists.

Mar 13, 2002 | Full Review…

It is an engrossing film that leaves you hopeful and gives you insights that you never knew that you were missing.

Jan 31, 2001 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

The real problem with the film is its overall structure, which places all the scientists into a narrative mold of Apted's making.

Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…

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