Run Lola Run: With John Geddes



  • November 11, 2013
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  • Offering Format: Public Event
  • Recommended for grade 12 and adults
  • Coolidge Corner Theatre
  • Members, students, and seniors: $8; general admission: $10
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    With Dr. John Geddes, assistant professor of mathematics at Olin College of Engineering


In director Tom Twyker's internationally acclaimed hit, flame-haired Lola (Franka Potente) receives a frantic phone call from her boyfriend, Manni (Moritz Bleibtreu), a local criminal's errand boy who has just lost a bagful of cash belonging to his boss. If Lola can't replace the money and get it to Manni in 20 minutes, he's a dead man.

So begins Lola's breathless race against the clock to save Manni. In a thrilling twist, Twyker gives us three versions of Lola's 20-minute run. Each version begins with the same sequence of events before small differences emerge that yield different outcomes.

Run Lola Run playfully borrows from the butterfly effect — the extreme sensitivity of a chaotic system to changes in its initial conditions. Small changes in weather affect larger patterns, slight fluctuations in one financial market affect many others, and so on. Chaos theory deals with parts of the world that are unpredictable and seemingly random, but order and chaos are actually deeply linked. Join us before the film as guest speaker John Geddes discusses how chaos theory has revolutionized the way we perceive the world around us.

With Science on Screen, the Coolidge Corner Theatre creatively pairs a feature film or documentary with lively presentations by notable figures from the world of science, medicine, and technology. The Science on Screen series is co-presented by the Museum of Science, Boston and supported by a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, with additional support from Gesmer, Updegrove LLP, and Richard Anders.

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Dr. John Geddes is assistant professor of mathematics at Olin College of Engineering, where he brings his passion for applied mathematics to the classroom. He applies the tools and techniques of modern dynamical systems theory to a variety of problems in science and engineering, especially those in mathematical biology. In 2012 Dr. Geddes was named one of the 300 best undergraduate professors in the country by The Princeton Review. He has a PhD in applied mathematics from the University of Arizona and a BSc in physics from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh.