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  1. Standard member bill718
    Enigma
    23 Jun '13 18:59 / 5 edits
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gMI_hBgkx2k

    This is supposed to be fiction, but I think Good Will Hunting had it right....
  2. 23 Jun '13 19:41
    Originally posted by bill718
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gMI_hBgkx2k

    This is supposed to be fiction, but I think Good Will Hunting had it right....
    I've watched that movie several times.
  3. 23 Jun '13 20:00 / 2 edits
    As anyone who's spent enough time in the real world of mathematics
    probably could attest, the film 'Good Will Hunting' lacks realism (in various
    ways) in showing life in a major university mathematics department and the
    nature of advanced mathematical research. And having a working-class
    Irish-American hero as a self-taught mathematical genius would appeal to
    a sought-after Hollywood demographic, but in real life it would seem less
    likely than having this prodigy be, for instance, Chinese or a Russian Jew.

    By the way, Ramanujan never enjoyed a romance with a young white
    Englishwoman. Perhaps if there were a time machine for Ruth Lawrence...
  4. 23 Jun '13 20:13
    Originally posted by Duchess64
    As anyone who's spent enough time in the real world of mathematics
    probably could attest, the film 'Good Will Hunting' lacks realism (in various
    ways) in showing life in a major university mathematics department and the
    nature of advanced mathematical research. And having an working-class
    Irish-American hero as a self-taught mathematical genius would ...[text shortened]... with a young white
    Englishwoman. Perhaps if there were a time machine for Ruth Lawrence...
    The movie was fiction (not believable) for entertainment, not a documentary.
  5. 23 Jun '13 20:17
    Originally posted by moon1969
    The movie was fiction (not believable) for entertainment, not a documentary.
    I already knew that 'Good Will Hunting' was not a documentary about
    life in a real university mathematics department. My earlier post was
    written in response to this claim by the original poster:

    "This is supposed to be fiction, but I think Good Will Hunting had it right."
    --Bill718
  6. 23 Jun '13 20:22
    Originally posted by Duchess64
    As anyone who's spent enough time in the real world of mathematics
    probably could attest, the film 'Good Will Hunting' lacks realism (in various
    ways) in showing life in a major university mathematics department and the
    nature of advanced mathematical research. And having an working-class
    Irish-American hero as a self-taught mathematical genius would ...[text shortened]... with a young white
    Englishwoman. Perhaps if there were a time machine for Ruth Lawrence...
    As a theoretical physicist I often have to explain that the characters in The Big Bang Theory don't accurately portray theoretical physicists.
  7. 23 Jun '13 20:34
    Originally posted by KazetNagorra
    As a theoretical physicist I often have to explain that the characters in The Big Bang Theory don't accurately portray theoretical physicists.
    Has Stephen Hawking appeared yet on 'The Big Bang Theory'?
  8. 23 Jun '13 20:38
    Originally posted by Duchess64
    Has Stephen Hawking appeared yet on 'The Big Bang Theory'?
    He was mentioned, but I don't think he appeared in person. My girlfriend likes the show so I watch it with her sometimes.
  9. 23 Jun '13 20:48
    Originally posted by Duchess64
    I already knew that 'Good Will Hunting' was not a documentary about
    life in a real university mathematics department. My earlier post was
    written in response to this claim by the original poster:

    "This is supposed to be fiction, but I think Good Will Hunting had it right."
    --Bill718
    Good point. I think it in the realm possibility that a mathematical genius could arise from South Boston, but some of the math stuff in the movie seemed like fictional gibberish, but I am no mathematician.
  10. 23 Jun '13 21:06 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by moon1969
    Good point. I think it in the realm possibility that a mathematical genius could arise from South Boston, but some of the math stuff in the movie seemed like fictional gibberish, but I am no mathematician.
    There's a realistic scene about mathematics near the beginning of the
    1980 film, "It's My Turn", starring Jill Clayburgh as a mathematics professor.
    This film must have had a qualified technical consultant because her lecture
    on algebra (graduate school level algebra, not US high school algebra) was
    correct. And the behaviour of the argumentative graduate student (whom
    did he remind me of?) seemed quite realistic in that scene. After having
    established that Jill Clayburgh's character was a mathematics professor,
    however, the film then completely ignored mathematics in favour of paying
    attention to her romantic or sexual life.

    When I watched this film, I noticed that the man (a mathematician) next
    to me seemed to be fantasizing about becoming intimate with Jill Clayburgh
    rather than just 'staying in the moment', yet he quickly forgot about her.
  11. 24 Jun '13 16:59 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by Duchess64
    As anyone who's spent enough time in the real world of mathematics
    probably could attest, the film 'Good Will Hunting' lacks realism (in various
    ways) in showing life in a major university mathematics department and the
    nature of advanced mathematical research.
    But the clip specifically highlighted by the OP was not about a university mathematics department, but was, rather, a comment on US political engagement with the outside world. Do you have any comments on that clip?
  12. 24 Jun '13 17:22
    Originally posted by KazetNagorra
    He was mentioned, but I don't think he appeared in person. My girlfriend likes the show so I watch it with her sometimes.
    He did appear on the program in person. Sheldon had him read his paper and Hawking pointed out Sheldon made a simple mathematical error which was embarrassing for him.
  13. 25 Jun '13 23:10
    Originally posted by Duchess64
    As anyone who's spent enough time in the real world of mathematics
    probably could attest, the film 'Good Will Hunting' lacks realism (in various
    ways) in showing life in a major university mathematics department and the
    nature of advanced mathematical research. And having a working-class
    Irish-American hero as a self-taught mathematical genius would a ...[text shortened]... with a young white
    Englishwoman. Perhaps if there were a time machine for Ruth Lawrence...
    What does this have to do with the character's cynical view of US foreign policy?
  14. 25 Jun '13 23:15
    Originally posted by bill718
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gMI_hBgkx2k

    This is supposed to be fiction, but I think Good Will Hunting had it right....
    The theme song for Old Yeller had it right too.
  15. 29 Jun '13 18:40
    Originally posted by moon1969
    Good point. I think it in the realm possibility that a mathematical genius could arise from South Boston, but some of the math stuff in the movie seemed like fictional gibberish, but I am no mathematician.
    Sometimes genius arises from unlikely places. It is just as possible to arise from an Irish ghetto as from former slaves.