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No, I don't think that there is any message or meaning to the use of an inaccurate value of π. I submit that the inaccuracy is simply a result of laziness or small budget constraints. In the provided image, you can make out that Aronofsky's number has been generated (possibly) by his liberal arts college-going nephew who was familiar with the mysteries of ...


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It is the only way he sees to safe his life. It is strongly implied that the mystical 216-digit number that Max was researching has a devastating effect on whatever comes into contact with it. Max's computer crashes pretty violently at the two occasions when it computes the number. When Max tries to write down the number after his computer crashes the ...


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According to IMDb, the number displayed by Euclid actually contains 218 digits: 941432434315126593210548723904868285129134748760 276719592346023858295830472501652325259296925727655364363462727 184012012643147546329450127847264841075622347896267285928582953 47502772262646456217613984829519475412398501 The number that Max Cohen writes on paper does have ...


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In addition to the ideas you cite, there's also the notion of going "buggy" — that is, mad — as the messiness of organic life interferes with the functioning of computers and pure math.


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The number 216 is very significant when one multiplies 6x6x6 and receives the result of 216. The connection to 666 is amplified by its presence in the Darren Aronofsky's film Pi where the protagonist stumbles upon a hidden code in the universe, a 216 digit number, which a group of zealous Jews believe to be the true name of god. In the ...


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You wrote: ”Who is the bleeding man at the train station?” One way to interpret your own dreams is that all of the characters are different facets of you. (Indeed, that is the truth of the matter, since you are creating the dream.) But we don’t need to get philosophic with this one because Max and the hat-guy bleeding in the subway are both played by ...


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Aranofsky is nothing if not an enigmatic director, so barring him commenting, it can only be speculation. You point about computer bugs is quite insightful, and certainly a legitimate answer! The bugs were specifically ants. There is some discussion of the symbolism of ants. They are certainly industrious. This may relate to the rigor required for the type ...


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Devi is everything that Max is not--lively, emotional, sexual. Her vivaciousness and kind nature serve as a painful reminder to the warmth and pleasures of the real world that Max has barricaded himself from.


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For me, max is, as Euclid, a computer. Hence, he kills a lot of bugs during the movie - even once, the phone stop ringing when the bug appears. Like someone wanted to interact with the said computer but the bug stopped that. More, Jenna, the kid, is a "test program" to know if the computer is still working correctly on simple problems. More, Max is name "...


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He realises the number is dangerous. Not only can it be used to manipulate the stock market (all economy) it can also be used for religious purposes, making people fight one another. So, this is the only way he can remove the answer from ever being discovered / taken out of him.


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Its a movie about complex numbers that overwhelms the brain/system If wall street peoples know it they can crash the market ; If Jews know it they can ask wishes from God(?); But the numbers & patterns are so phantom that we(Humans, computers) cannot comprehend it and thats what the movie is all about it, the computer cannot process it, the jews cannot ...


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I felt that this movie is much more of a reminisce standpoint. The scar on his forehead being that of the drilling he did as it ended. So when he saw it he is shocked and goes through memory repacking. By the end he remembers what happened but he has gotten rid of the number so he is happy with giving up his mathematical prowess. As a fact of looking at the ...


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I've just watched the scene, and if you look closely (when you can see his face in the mirror) you'll see that there's a strange texture on his head right around where he is about to drill. That is probably some piece of prosthetics / make up so he could drill into that without drilling directly into his own head. It's also possible that he angled the drill ...


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