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"Derek, a brilliant college student haunted by a childhood UFO sighting, believes that the mysterious sightings reported at multiple airports across the United States are UFOs. With the help of his girlfriend, Natalie, and his advanced mathematics professor, Dr. Hendricks, Derek races to unravel the mystery with FBI Special Agent Franklin Ahls on his heels."--
Publisher: Culver City, California :, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment,, [2018]
Branch Call Number: DVD FEATURE UFO
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (88 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
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Aug 10, 2020

If you are tired of non sense action movies and want to see an intellectual movie, one that makes you think...
Than this is the movie for you! Was very thought provoking and enjoyed the tie-ins into physics and math.

Oct 24, 2019



A thriller indeed, with a touch of the mysterious! It has great actors and acting!



Oct 17, 2019

Interesting movie. But light years above my intelligence and ability to comprehend.

Jul 02, 2019

If you find yourself at the top of the totem pole, making sure the peasants on the treadmill never question your prowess and authority goes without saying. Reports of the appearance of someone with abilities that make one's pitiful by comparison must be denied, debunked, refuted, covered up. That's what our politicians, bureaucrats, corporate execs, shysters, clergy excel at: covering up. Consider even our venerable scientists. If speculation arises that the Fine-Structure Constant's numerical value may actually vary with spatial location, a scientist ought to urge the collection of measurements to build a database to underpin experimental verification. But hold on. Right now we're not in a position to send a crewed mission to Mars, let alone the next star system, to take readings. So no career in the making on this one. Let's just quietly ignore the situation or limit it to idle gossip. Out of sight, out of mind; a cover up of sorts. When an object with apparent ability to navigate the galaxy makes an appearance, well obviously our tech people are not in the same league. Authorities up and down the chain of command become jittery to say the least. David Strathairn well plays his role as a high ranking government official assigned to keep a lid on, but curious about the contents of the box. UFO … an entertaining, nifty allegory regarding the sandbox that passes for human civilization.

Jun 13, 2019

Not for everyone but a good hypothesis on the connection of UFO and FSC (fine structure constant,) with a value which nearly equals 1/137. Or 1/137.03599913, to be precise. It is denoted by the Greek letter alpha - α.

*Richard Feynman's QED: The Strange Theory of Light and Matter:

"It has been a mystery ever since it was discovered more than fifty years ago, and all good theoretical physicists put this number up on their wall and worry about it. Immediately you would like to know where this number for a coupling comes from: is it related to pi or perhaps to the base of natural logarithms? Nobody knows. It's one of the greatest damn mysteries of physics: a magic number that comes to us with no understanding by man."

*Latest news on UFO sightings:

U.S. Navy pilots reportedly spotted UFOs over East Coast
By Brian Pascus
Updated on: May 27, 2019 / 4:56 PM / CBS News

Feb 09, 2019

Smart science fiction and entertaining. Characters are fleshed out and the story is never dull. Recommended.

Feb 09, 2019

It reminds me of the TV series "Numbers," but combined with "The Arrival" movie. It also avoided nearly all the traps "first encounter" movies fall into. Interesting but unlikable characters. Don't skip the long dull preface--get the popcorn ready before you hit play.


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Jun 13, 2019

I just want to ask you a few questions about the Fine-Structure Constant. I'm told that you could shed some light on it, how it could be used as a benchmark for determining intelligence or pinpointing a location in space.
-Using the FSC to determine intelligence is fairly straightforward, but using it to pinpoint a location in space is problematic. Say the FSC is different in different parts of space, which there's essentially no evidence of. If the FSC did depend on things like local density, and if two places, way far apart from each other had the same local density, they might also have the same FSC.

Jun 13, 2019

And it's close to 0.007297.
-That's the Fine-Structure Constant, but it's in 14-digit chunks. I think maybe they're trying to figure out how smart we are. Or they're trying to tell us they're from a planet that has the same physical laws as ours.
I mean, math, science, physics? It's a young person's game. Riemann. Galois. Einstein.
-Eugne Ehrhart was 60 when he got his PhD. The Ehrhart polynomial? Yitang Zhang was 57 when he proved that there were an infinite number of consecutive pairs of primes. That were separated by less than 70 million.
Two examples.
-Schrodinger. Frohlich. Smale.

Jun 13, 2019

Type I is a global civilization that controls an energy level roughly equivalent to all of the solar energy striking the planet's surface. Ten to the sixteen or seventeen watts. Type ll controls all the energy from a star and Type lll is galactic. Right now, we are about a Type 0.7.
Okay, so if this is the distance between the Sun and the Earth, how far do you think the next closest star is?
-Proxima Centauri? Twenty feet?
See, 71? About twice as far as that, 4.3 miles. Now, if that's our scale, how big do you think the galaxy is? You'd have to keep walking in that direction until you got right back here; All the way around the world, and then do that three more times. And that's just our galaxy. There are at least 100 billion other galaxies out there.

Jun 13, 2019

*Opening text prologue:
Hydrogen atoms emit light at specific energy levels. These energies are determined by the Fine-Structure-Constant. Fine-Structure Constant - 0.0072973525664(17) The FSC is a mysterious number that appears in many calculations of the most fundamental physics of our universe... but we have no idea where it comes from. The atmosphere, the stars, the air we breathe, even our shoelaces have an atomic makeup that include this enigmatic number. it is a mathematical concept that would be recognized anywhere in the universe. Math. In 1974, Frank Drake, Carl Sagan, and several other scientists sent the Arecibo Message into space. It contained basic math and other information intended to establish contact with other life in the universe. They aimed it at the star cluster M13, and the world waited in anticipation for a response... but it would take 22,800 years for the message to reach someone in M13... unless they come to us first.


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