Brady Haran has a YouTube series called Numberphile, and last week he devoted an episode to Good Will Hunting. In it, James Grime, a mathematician at Cambridge University, argues that one of the math problems Will Hunting solves, posed by an MIT professor to his students as a challenge of epic proportions, really isn’t that hard.
Even a non-mathematician could do it without too much trouble, apparently—and he explains how.
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