The problem in Good Will Hunting - Numberphile

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Chyrosran22 : This just looks like molecules to me xD . Ethane, acetaldehyde, isobutane...

Hantaa : I seems like anyone who was taught about basic organic chemistry could solve this.

TooJ Kool : He has an unsolved Rubic's cube. I don't trust him.

hybby : Matt Damon = Math Damon?

londontrada : This is Brian Cox's secret ginger younger brother. Hidden from the people, maligned by the press. He lives in a basement in Northampton and Brian bullies him for his ideas, steals them and then passes the ideas off as his own. The question is, how can we think of ourselves as decent human beings when we allow this kind of thing to go on in our own country. Mad or genius? You decide.

antiprotons : OMG!   I wish I had him for my math teacher when I was young. I was totally at a loss until I found a book with calculus in it...    Calculus was what really got me into math (calculus is more fun than other math  :) Nice video!

Olivor Holman : Those trees brought back horrific memories of organic chemistry...

chomage : It looks like drawing isomers of molecules.

brotherbandit : A chemist at heart, I immediately associate mathematical trees with structures of alkanes. is there any real connection?

Script Kiddie : It's not your fault

xelarutra : Is there any way to turn off that marker sound?

henriok : When I went to university and got an assignment like this, it either assumed or expressed that you should both show the solutions and prove why there isn't any other solution. So, even if it takes less than 2 years to find 10 solutions, it might take a bit longer to prove that there isn't any more solutions. In this case, that might be easy as well, but I don't think you stressed this point that finding solutions that satisfies the problem doesn't really solve the complete problem.

Helium Road : So how much money did it cost nd how many people died saving Matt Damon in that movie?

The Hammie Matt : what about the Math in Interstellar?

Michael Hart : that ended rather abrubtly

ViralCarelessness : is it just me or does this dude give off an aura of being a total badass?

holycow343 : this reminds me of organic chemistry

fredguy2 : dude must be laying pipe on the regular.

Green Geralt : That unsolved Rubik's cube pisses me off.

El Baron Samedi : I guess the difficulty is on prove that there are 10 forms for n=10 ¿?

AhoraLoVes : How do you prove there are exactly ten solutions?

Alan Jay : "This is a problem we can all do at home. I promise" Yeah, right!

sjbrooksy45 : Finish the f-ing story! What happened?

Ziggy Stardust : 2 years for this problem? I found them all in less than 20 minutes.

David Andrews : From an American point of view, the take home message in the movie is that there are in our country brilliant people who never get a shot. I knew one. Unfortunately, he fell under a bus and was killed on his way to his job on the nightshift. The odds are--I will never meet another person as gifted.

Mike MMA : There are, on average, 183 sesame seeds on every Big Mac bun from McDonald's. I counted.

Abra Ham : *"Take care of business: You don´t have to worry about thinking enough to take care of business. The only problem you will have is the problem you´ve always had: thinking too much to live in the present, to really live in the truth, life."* - The truthcontest website

DanClarky1 : Yeah but was it numberwang?

Hanan Nasser : Reminds me of stereoisomers from organic chemistry.

John Horak : reminds me of drawing isomers in orgo 

Full On Biscuits : I just passed geometry and going on into 11th grade.....I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT ANYONE IS TALKING ABOUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tom Tom : Maths in movies are always ridiculous. They love to have sigmas (sum) on blackboards and some integrals but most math in movies are either meaningless or terribly easy .

PMRstudios1 : "some of the words are greek." then says latin words....

94マリオ : They look like network topologies

MV Bros. : there is one thing that i think he may have overlooked. He tells us that he believes it is relitively easy and it wouldnt take MIT professers 2 years. while i agree with this statement, there is one part of this problem that is particually hard. He tells us the rules and then imediatly tells us there are 10 trees. MIT professers working this problem (assuming that this really happened) wouldnt have known that. They may have spent the first week figuring those ten out, and then spend the remaining 103 weeks looking for more answers and not relizing there wernt any more.

satyrkrieg : Wouldn't the real difficult problem actually be to prove that there are only 10 trees and no more with that characteristics?

BubuSnow93 : Pheraps it's because I knew there were 10 solutions it was extremely easy, just assign a "hierarchy" to the points and it just takes 15 minutes or so to draw em all :)

Vitor Vilasanchez : "and that's a guy with a funky afro" best quote EVER!

SmileyMPV : Fun fact: Only for n=3 there exist no irreducible trees.

Nicolas Zunker : i feel like this branch of mathematics (if youll pardon the pun) comes up a lot in organic chemistry, would i be right in that assumption- and what is it called?

Josh Denham : Lol you look just like my son

varigdc10 : With the advent of the Internet and all current technologies the first time I was introduced to the term " Google " a bell rang inside my head. I knew I heard this strange word somewhere a long time ago. I went to sleep that day thinking about it. The next day, bam!, I remembered. In 1964 I was a sophomore in High School ( Lane Tech, Chicago, Illinois ) my Calculus teacher asked if any of us knew what a "googleplex" was, nobody even heard the word. He went on to say it is a number, integer, with an infinite number of zeroes after it. The whole thing made sense in no time, today's Internet Google is exactly this, infinite number of information as I first heard from my teacher in 1964, wonder what he would think if he was alive today. Math is wonderful, and I hated it all during school, but had to do it towards BS EE.

David Winsemius : Cute. But the American student came late to a regular day's class (not an exam) and thought it was a homework problem. His name was George Dantzig and the professor was Jerzy Neyman. The paper was accepted in 'The Annals of Mathematical Statistics'.

Leonie V : The pigeon wallpaper is arguably the best part of this video  :D

Jasmadi Syah : Yes this is easy, and its funny how hard for you guys to realize this is not the correct problem that took MIT lecturers 2 years to solve. This is the later one.

123 456 : for anyone who knows,good will hunter has the best musician ever as the main song writer for the movie

Alan Strong : Math is so easy... People(The one's who DON'T have learning disabilities) just don't try.

Jose Guevarra : Prove that you drew ALL OF THEM!

Hector Flores : Nice. But the problem is not quite "finished". How can you be so sure there is no other trees? Just because you can't find it, it doesn't mean the 11'th tree doesn't exist.

D Kahn : The best kind of Professor, is the kind that is looking for students smarter than them, and wants to learn from them.