David Malone’s DANGEROUS KNOWLEDGE

June 6th, 2012 | researchmaterial

One of the very interesting people I met at How The Light Gets In was the writer and filmmaker David Malone.  In conversation with him and (it was a very weird weekend, okay?) Michael Nyman and the head of cultural affairs at the Mexican embassy to the UK, he’d mentioned that some of his work had been uploaded by other people to the net.  Also, that his preferred form, the lyric televisual essay, had gone out of fashion.  As I’ve noted here more than once, proper rhetorical television isn’t really made any more.

So I went looking, when I got home.  And I found his DANGEROUS KNOWLEDGE:

In this one-off documentary, David Malone looks at four brilliant mathematicians – Georg Cantor, Ludwig Boltzmann, Kurt Gödel and Alan Turing – whose genius has profoundly affected us, but which tragically drove them insane and eventually led to them all committing suicide.

I don’t think David will mind if I show it to you here.  It’s beautiful.


David also writes a blog, and can be contacted there.


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