*A mathematical genius discovers a link between numbers and reality, and thus believes he can predict the future.*

It's not the numbers you intone, it's the numbers you *don't* intone, man. There is a pretty good think piece to be written about the late-90s specifics of the protagonist in *Pi* and the parallels to the equally scruffy, amoral, pattern-seeking and messianic bitcoin savants of Effective Altruism.