# Good Will Hunting ruined the public's perception of mathematicians

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pwma

The reality is that there are no "singular geniuses" who waltz into universities and solve open problems the top professors there spend decades working on. The movie was toxic, unrealistic and a joke. Just contributes to a dumb genius culture.

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pdxm

I used to think there were geniuses in math. Then when I started doing research I realized that nobody (including the geniuses) knows what they’re doing.

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kilg

maybe not janitors but there are Subway workers

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yydz

Singular is not fully faithful on geniuses

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emgd

No one cares about mathematicians and the only false representation people remember is that we are attractive and social.

Be thankful

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xtzg

Good Will Hunting is not about mathematicians, it is about people doing combinatorics.

Why are people trying to nuke a bad joke. What's even the point of this website if we can't make fun of each other on the basis of the things we work on?

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umwx

Good Will Hunting is not about mathematicians, it is about people doing combinatorics.

Why are people trying to nuke a bad joke. What's even the point of this website if we can't make fun of each other on the basis of the things we work on?

because many people are cognitively unable to take a joke

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lcab

You cannot ruin our reputation, every time I tell someone I'm in math research their look like they're about to puke

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lcab

They look

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kilp

lmao

Good Will Hunting is not about mathematicians, it is about people doing combinatorics.

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kilp

you seem mentally ill, little guy.

You cannot ruin our reputation, every time I tell someone I'm in math research their look like they're about to puke

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kilp

just boring people with no sense of humor.

Good Will Hunting is not about mathematicians, it is about people doing combinatorics.

Why are people trying to nuke a bad joke. What's even the point of this website if we can't make fun of each other on the basis of the things we work on?

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iucp

maybe not janitors but there are Subway workers

So we all know why Hollywood won’t make this into a movie, but why hasn’t an actual artist somewhere in, say, China done this?

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kilp

do what? A movie about a guy making subway sandwiches who spends his free time doing number theory? sure sounds like a real hit!

maybe not janitors but there are Subway workers

So we all know why Hollywood won’t make this into a movie, but why hasn’t an actual artist somewhere in, say, China done this?

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kilp

the movie "beautiful mind" wasnt about math. It was about love and mental illness.

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osxs

maybe not janitors but there are Subway workers

So we all know why Hollywood won’t make this into a movie, but why hasn’t an actual artist somewhere in, say, China done this?

There are lots of movies on Ramanujan (of varying production quality). Even the most famous one did not achieve any groundbreaking profits.

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prjb
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So we all know why Hollywood won’t make this into a movie, but why hasn’t an actual artist somewhere in, say, China done this?

There are lots of movies on Ramanujan (of varying production quality). Even the most famous one did not achieve any groundbreaking profits.

The most hilarious part of the famous one was the anachronistic portrayal of Bertrand Russel as a kindly modern day liberal. In fact, his views on (for example) race and nuclear war were rather too complex for him to have survived modern academia.

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qvro

One of the most unrealistic aspects of the movie: a FM winner at MIT

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wkne

do what? A movie about a guy making subway sandwiches who spends his free time doing number theory? sure sounds like a real hit!

Literally a zhang.

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wkne

The most hilarious part of the famous one was the anachronistic portrayal of Bertrand Russel as a kindly modern day liberal. In fact, his views on (for example) race and nuclear war were rather too complex for him to have survived modern academia.

Wikipedia equivocates about the views on race, saying his ideas changed over time, but citing only the later opinions. But there is no link to his earlier statements. What were his positions on the matter? There are lots of political questions where late-Russell and early-Russell said opposite things.

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