The Mystery of Mathematician Richard Bellman

The Bellman Equation follows director Gabriel Lee Bellman's 13 years of research on his grandfather. As he beings to uncover his grandfather's storied history, Gabriel's relationship with his own father takes an unexpected turn.

One of the most influential mathematicians of the 20th century, Mr. Bellman was a pioneer in the field of computer science. Bellman's work changed the perception of the application of mathematics within science. The term 'Bellman Equation' is a type of problem named after its discoverer, in which a problem that would otherwise be not possible to solve is broken into a solution based on the intuitive nature of the solver. Applied in control theory, economics, and medicine, it has become an important tool in using math to solve really difficult problems. A fiercely independent and controversial figure, Mr. Bellman published more than 40 books and 600 papers before his early death of a brain tumor. The inventor of the field of dynamic programming was persecuted by McCarthy, worked on the Manhattan project, and remained as much a mystery as the problems he conquered.

Running Time

87 mins

Year

2011

Kanopy ID

1217612

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Betty-Jo Ballard, Charles Goldstein, Chris Landauer, Ed Angel, Eric Bellman, Gabriel Bellman, Joan Spangler, John Nash, Kirstie Bellman, Molly Bellman, Nina Day, Pat McCombs, Stuart Dreyfuss, Teddy McCombs, Thelma Estrin

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