Madness and Genius
Sloan Foundation Film
Despite his near-photographic memory, Jordan is failing college, so he decides to steal the ideas of his professor, a brilliant thinker turned recluse with a dark past.
An aging, embittered college professor (Tom Noonan), driven mad by the results of his work on the Manhattan Project, sits on his research into a machine that could cure cancer and other diseases with sonic waves. As the story unfolds, two students, a prodigy suffering from Lou Gehrig’s disease (David Williams) and an underachiever with a photographic memory (David James Hayward), come across the professor’s research and confront him with it.
- How realistic is the machine depicted in the film?
- Is there a link between madness and genius?
- The scientific legacy of the Manhattan Project