Self/Less

What is soul actually? Is it merely a function of brain wave? Then, what is body? Is it only an empty vessel in which your soul can be injected freely? Such intriguing questions will aries when you see this Self/Less.

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Edward Kittner is Damian Hale in Self/Less.

The story begins with Damian Hale (Ben Kingsley), a successful businessman, is dying. An offer by Professor Albright, that he can live eternally using other body, comes then. After a series of treatment which cost 250 billion USD, Damian finally enjoys his new life with new body previously owned by Edward Kittner. Then comes the nightmare when he misses a single drug. Damian is haunted by past experience of Edward Kittner.

The drug seems to work on erasing memories of the past user of the body. Damian then overcomes his curiosity by taking thorough investigation, only to discover that he is trapped into longing for an ideal family.

By the time he pursues assistance, Damian is gradually aware of the concept of life: that he should die and not take the life of others. At the end of the movie, he quits taking medication so that Edward Kittner back to life.

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A Beautiful Mind

The life of the late John Nash (1928-2015) is a vivid example of the transformation of rumor into world legend. There was a time in Princeton University people, who did not know his undertaking during his youth, called him ‘Phantom of the Fine Hall’. Died last May in a car accident with his beloved wife, Alicia Larde, whom he met while was in MIT, his existence has inspired many. It is easy to understand and follow the rise and fall of a businessman. But, it is difficult to comprehend and appreciate the rise and fall of a genius. Nash, who had spiraled into schizophrenia in 1950s, sparks controversy when Nobel committee refuses to grant him the prize. It takes 45 years for him to gain global recognition. In 1994, Nash, in remission from schizophrenia, shared the Nobel Prize in economics for what he had done in his early 30s.

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A Beautiful Mind: A non-fiction by Sylvia Nasar

The book A Beautiful Mind written by Sylvia Nasar portrays the life of the professor in mathematics. His story gains positive responses, though only few people understand how hard it was for Sylvia to compose it since Nash himself preferred to remain silent at first. However, most of his colleagues and relatives promoted the making of the book. They feel that the world should understand the pain of being John Nash: A genius mathematician who suffered from Continue reading “A Beautiful Mind”

Ghost in the Shell

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Batou and Mira seek Kuze’s whereabouts after the cerebral hacking incident.

The idea that robot can do some things more efficient and effective than human being has delivered initiatives to develop robotics engineering as a branch of science and discovery nowadays. A wild imagination says that in the near future the boundary between human and machine is disappearing due to the advancements in the field; allowing humans to enhance themselves with cybernetic parts. Ghost in the Shell, the most recent Scarlett Johansson movie, visualizes this wild fantasy which occurs in the era when technology makes it possible to transplate human brain into a fully synthetic body; a initiative that results in the strongest attributes of human and robot.

Mira (Scarlett Johansson) has no past memories other than being drowned. A terrorist attack has damaged her body and it’s only her brain can survive. Thanks to Dr. Ouelet (Juliette Binoche) who manages to put her brain into a Continue reading “Ghost in the Shell”

Hidden Figures

Hidden Figures
Dorothy, Katherine and Mary have finally a white male police officer escorting them to office after acquiring the fact that they work for NASA.

It takes courage to be the first, especially within a society suffers from racial discrimination. Being ignored, neglected, is nothing compared to psychological torture experienced by the victim. It’s only those who have experienced similar behavioral process who can understand the importance of non-primordial issues, character and meritocracy above everything. It takes sensible human being to promote equality in order to achieve greater good. That’s the story learned from Hidden Figures which is Kevin Costner’s latest movie visualizing the role of Katherine Johnson during NASA’s first space program. Among African-American women in the institution, Katherine was the one responsible to perform calculation of flight trajectories for Continue reading “Hidden Figures”

Allegiant

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Social unrest in the new Chicago has risen a new society called itself Allegiant

The use of scientific method to engineer society has been a popular theme for movies. For quite a long time, people are fascinated by the desire to control and show supremation to others by means of logically-sound techniques. The campaign of the supremation of scientific methods and logic has never ceased despite the facts that the employment of its discoveries to engineer society always ends in failure. That’s the core of the latest movie of Divergent the Series entitled Allegiant.

Jeanine is dead, leaving an uncontrolled society in which a battle of interests occurs. Such condition forces Tris (Shailene Woodley) and her friends to leave Chicago for good: to find new world by jumping over the Wall. Accompanied by Four (Theo James), Caleb Continue reading “Allegiant”

The Mummy

The Mummy
Nick and Vail are the liberators of precious antiquities.

There is nothing more appealing and tempting than power. It has become a human nature, since the beginning of human civilization, to do what is necessary to have it. Thus, it’s always interesting to produce movies using the quest of power as the main theme. The most recent work of Tom Cruise entitled The Mummy is one of them.

As narrated by Dr. Henry Jekyll at the beginning of the movie, The Mummy tells the story of Princess Ahmanet who was the sole heir to Egyptian monarch. It was not only the real situation, but also her desire. But, everything has changed after his father has baby boy. In order to gain power, she made a Continue reading “The Mummy”

Great Physicists: The Life and Times of Leading Physicists from Galileo to Hawking

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Great Physicists – The Life and Times of Leading Physicists from Galileo to Hawking: A non-fiction by William H. Cropper

The word of science and discovery might be boring for some, especially when both delivered by the wrong teacher and biographer. But, this book will erode such feeling and emotion. William H. Cropper is far from mediocre biographer on scientists, and he proofs it in his Great Physicists: The Life and Times of Leading Physicists from Galileo to Hawking.
As the title suggests, the book contains biographical records of some notable physicists. The full title is Great Physicists: The Life and Times of Leading Physicists from Galileo to Hawking. At first, the book looks like a compilation of Continue reading “Great Physicists: The Life and Times of Leading Physicists from Galileo to Hawking”

Numerical Methods Using MATLAB

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Numerical Methods Using MATLAB: A textbook on MATLAB programming by George Lindfield and John Penny

Stands for Matrix Laboratory, MATLAB is a handy tool to solve mathematical problems using matrix operations as the base of its approach. The software is helpful to those who involve calculations and countings in their daily activities due to its broad range of usages. The fact that it has embedded Control Toolbox ensures control engineer to work with MATLAB. Among economists, the presence of MATLAB on their PCs or laptops is inevitable. And, I’m sure bankers and or accountants will find Financial Toolbox captivating. Then, other features such as Simulink, GUI and Symbolic Toolbox will lure engineers and even students to put MATLAB as their first and ultimate choice.

Surely, one needs to know how a matrix works first in order to maximize the value of MATLAB. Indeed, matrix operation is one of MATLAB’s distinguishing features. In addition to its matrix as the backbone, MATLAB I suitable partner for Continue reading “Numerical Methods Using MATLAB”

Transport Phenomena

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Transport Phenomena: A textbook by R. Byron Bird, Warren E. Stewart, and Edwin N. Lightfoot

A phenomenon may exist as it is, similar to the way our sensory tools comprehend. But, how does it look like when it is transformed into mathematical equation? The book entitled Transport Phenomena deals with such question and provides steps and paths in composing mathematical models for the system being studied.

Mathematical modeling is important in scientific and technological realms. By doing so, we can predict the future likelihood of a system in terms of its individual activities or Continue reading “Transport Phenomena”

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