*Good Will Hunting*. If you haven't seen it, go watch it. It's a really good movie.

One problem that movies like

*Good Will Hunting*often have is that they have to either make up a new math problem, use an existing math problem, or be really vague about what the problem actually is. The movie

*Proof*takes this last approach. Gwyneth Paltrow's character solves "a really important problem." For mathematicians like me, this approach is kind of agonizing. I want to know what the problem is! But the other approaches can be worse.

The book

*Uncle Petros and Goldbach's Conjecture*actually names the proof. Goldbach's Conjecture is one of the big unsolved conjectures in mathematics. If anyone actually solved it, it would be a

*huge*deal. So right from the outset you know one of two things about the outcome of the book: either he doesn't solve it (a bit of a letdown) or he solves it but for some reason never tells anyone his proof (even more of a letdown). I'll tell you this much: it ends in one of these two ways, and it

*is*a letdown.

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*Good Will Hunting*takes!