The Physician is a historical drama playing party in 11 century England (London and other villages) and then, after travel through Egypt in the town Isfahan of central iran which is then an intellectual hub. It tells the story of a scholar who works first as a kid in a mine, follows a travelling ``barber" to pursue study with the polymath Avicenna (Ibn Sina) played by Ben Kinsey. It shows the Islamic golden age and already some trouble appearing, mostly due to war and religion. Religion was similarly as in the west also a reason for doing science as Mohammad told: "The scholar's ink is holier than the martyr's blood". Astronomy was important for religious reasons and for navigation. Mathematics had also sacred significance as well as for practical reasons like measurements or trade. The word ``algebra" comes from ``al-jabr" restoring balance, mend broken bones, which fits into the medical theme displayed in this movie. While math does not explicitly appear, there is a scene where resonance is mentioned asn then there is the scene of the ``music of the spheres". Aristotle is mentioned a couple of times as he plays an important role in medieval islam.

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Oliver Knill, Posted December 24, 2019,