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.
TODAY IN SLATE
The Ebola Story
How our minds build narratives out of disaster.
The Budget Disaster That Completely Sabotaged the WHO’s Response to Ebola
PowerPoint Is the Worst, and Now It’s the Latest Way to Hack Into Your Computer
The Shooting Tragedies That Forged Canada’s Gun Politics
A Highly Unscientific Ranking of Crazy-Old German Beers
Welcome to 13th Grade!
Some high schools are offering a fifth year. That’s a great idea.
The Actual World
“Mount Thoreau” and the naming of things in the wilderness.