Math Colloquium: "The Mathematics of Good Will Hunting"Math Colloquium: "The Mathematics of Good Will Hunting"http://www.haverford.edu/calendar/details/247131KINSC H1092013-09-23T16:00:002013-09-23T17:00:00
September 23,2013 4:00PM–5:00PM
Tina Garrett (St. Olaf College). KINSC H109.
Bi-College Math Colloquium
"The Mathematics of Good Will Hunting"
Tina Garrett, St. Olaf College.
Talk at 4 in KINSC H109
Tea at 3:30 in the Math Lounge (KINSC H208)
Abstract: In the 1997 movie "Good Will Hunting" one math problem catapulted the main character into the mathematical limelight thus setting the stage for the entire film. The problem, posed by a fictional MIT professor, combines elementary graph theory, linear algebra and some basic calculus in a fascinating way. In this talk we will examine the problem scrawled on a hallway blackboard at MIT and see if the movie consultants earned their fee by providing Matt Damon with a correct solution!
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