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Day 5 | LThMath Advent Calendar

In today's post I want to share one of my favourite movies that has some interesting mathematical aspects. December is a great time to watch some awesome movies and this is a great example.

Good Will Hunting

Good Will Hunting is a 1997 American psychological drama film directed by Gus Van Sant, and starring Robin Williams, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Minnie Driver and Stellan Skarsgård. Written by Affleck and Damon, the film follows 20-year-old South Boston janitor Will Hunting (Damon), an unrecognized mathematical genius who, as part of a deferred prosecution agreement after assaulting a police officer, becomes a patient of a therapist and studies advanced mathematics with a renowned professor (Skarsgård). Through his therapy sessions, Will re-evaluates his relationships with his best friend (Affleck), his girlfriend, and himself, facing the significant task of confronting his past and thinking about his future.

Other Great Movies to Watch

  • A Beautiful Mind. After John Nash, a brilliant but asocial mathematician, accepts secret work in cryptography, his life takes a turn for the nightmarish.

  • The Man Who Knew Infinity. The story of the life and academic career of the pioneer Indian mathematician, Srinivasa Ramanujan, and his friendship with his mentor, Professor G.H. Hardy.

  • The Hidden Figures. The movie is about the story of a team of African-American women mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the US space program.

  • The Imitation Game. During World War II, mathematician Alan Turing tries to crack the enigma code with help from fellow mathematicians.

We want to create a list with more incredible movies with mathematical aspects. Share some ideas and inspiration in the comments bellow. We would love to read and share these stories with everyone.

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