You don't need to be a mathematician to follow Wolfram's blog - probably somewhere between the movie and the real thing, although closer to the movie in level:)
I’m no historian of math, so I can’t judge, but it seems excellent. Of course Wolfram can’t resist plugging Mathematica a bit, but that’s probably reasonable here. It is a great tool for ‘experimental’ math.
Joel Anthony Haddley, Stephen Worsley University of Liverpool
Department of Mathematical Sciences, University of Liverpool, Liverpool L69 7ZL, UK
A tiling of a planar shape is called monohedral if all tiles are congruent to each other. We will investigate the possibility of producing monohedral tilings of the disk. Such tilings are produced on a daily basis by pizza chefs by taking radial cuts distributed evenly around the centre of the pizza. After constructing this tiling, a neighbourhood of the origin has non-trivial intersection with each tile. This brings us to the main question of this article:
Can we construct monohedral tilings of the disk such that a neighbourhood of the origin has trivial intersection with at least one tile?
The answer to this question is yes! The particular solution given in Figure 2 appears as the logo of the Mass Program at Penn State . This website states,
[All] known solutions (except for the one in the logo) have the property that the boundaries of all the pieces consist only of circular arcs of the same radius as the original circle. We do not know whether there is a partition of the disc into congruent pieces other than the logo such that not all pieces contain the center and not all boundaries are circle arcs.
The family of solutions mentioned are displayed in Figure 5 and are called T 2 in our notation. 6n
However, this article presents a new family of solutions to this problem which generalise the solution in Figure 2, and for which some of the edges of the tiles are straight; i.e. they are not circular arcs of the same radius of the circle. Each member of this new family contains uncountably many solutions.
We do not claim that this list is exhaustive and it is still an open problem either to find all such tilings or to prove that all have been found.
A specific case of the problem should be mentioned: to produce a monohedral disk tiling such that a neighbourhood of the origin is contained entirely within the interior of a single tile. This was presented in  as an unsolved problem, and may be impossible (e.g. ). For all known solutions the centre of the disk intersects tiles only at their vertices. It is unknown whether a tiling of the nature discussed here exists such that the origin intersects a tile on its edge, but not at a vertex.
I see, from the LMS Newsletter that a film about Ramanujan, " The man who knew infinity" is to be released on April 8th. The cast includes Jeremy Irons (as GHHardy), Dev Patel(as Ramanujan), Toby Jones( as JELittlewood) and Jeremy Northam( as Bertrand Russell). Jeremy Northam was In the film "Enigma".
The mind wobbles -- I wonder if they'll attempt to teach any math?
By delving into older, purely mathematical Babylonian texts written between 1800 B.C.E. and 1600 B.C.E., which also described computations with a trapezoid, he realized that the astronomers who made the tablets had gone a step further. To compute the time at which Jupiter would have moved halfway along its ecliptic path, the astronomers divided the 60-day trapezoid into two smaller ones of equal area. The vertical line dividing the two trapezoids marked the halfway time; because of the different shapes of the trapezoids, it indicated not 30 days but slightly fewer.
The Babylonians had developed “abstract mathematical, geometrical ideas about the connection between motion, position and time that are so common to any modern physicist or mathematician,” Ossendrijver says.
Indeed, compared with the complex geometry embraced by the ancient Greeks a few centuries later, with its cycles and epicycles, the inscriptions reflect “a more abstract and profound conception of a geometrical object in which one dimension represents time,” says historian Alexander Jones of New York University in New York City. “Such concepts have not been found earlier than in 14th century European texts on moving bodies,” he adds. “Their presence … testifies to the revolutionary brilliance of the unknown Mesopotamian scholars who constructed Babylonian mathematical astronomy.”
A review of When Computers Were Human - the period of time when numerical problems too large for one person to solve were broken into parts and solved by a group of people. It sounds like an interesting bit of history.
Human computers were usually women - probably the most famous groups was "Pickering's Harem" at the Harvard Observatory. It was created in a time where the amount of data was beginning to surpass the individual processing ability of astronomers at the observatory and was female as women were paid about half men's wages, so processing power per dollar was twice as high. The Harem produced a few remarkable astronomers including Annie Jump Cannon. She was central to the development of astrophysics and worth reading about in her own right.
Not mentioned in the review was Lewis Richardson - a polymath of the early to mid 20th century who developed numerical techniques for forecasting weather. In the early 1920s he estimated 64,000 people could be used as a massively parallel human computer to solve numerically solve a set of differential equations and forecast the world's weather.