I am a big fan of the movie too, and just watched it for the third time. One thing that intrigues me about this movie is the mathematical problems that are shown.

First one

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Second One

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Are these any actual theorems/problems from mathematics which are popular or are these just random?

  • It's Graph Theory. Try searching on "Graph Theory" and "Good Will Hunting".
    – Fruitbat
    Aug 19, 2015 at 6:36

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The problems shown on the picture are related to graph theory, a subject related to computer science and mathematics Graph theory on wikipedia.

The character of Will is inspired by William Sidis you could take a look at his works. William Sidis Wikipedia.

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