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Add a QuoteHere is one for the math geeks from the film, the problem to qualify for UK's IMO team:

"Each integer is coloured either red, yellow or green. Show that there always exist A, B, C, such that A, B, C. A+B, A+C, B+C and A+B+C are all the same colour."

Befuddled and confused? Check out the discussion here:

http://puzzling.stackexchange.com/questions/22795/the-tough-one-from-a-brilliant-young-mind-2014

Recalled a 2007 book "One to Nine" by Andrew Hodges and its discussion on R, G, B colors (three numbers or A, B, C:)

... introduction to colour three-dimensionality. A colour is coded in HTML by three numbers in the range from 0 to 255, specifying the red, green and blue intensities (roughly as they are perceived by the eye). For instance, black is (0, 0, 0), white is (255, 255, 255), grey is (128, 128, 128), yellow is (255, 255, 0) and Hot Pink is (255, 105, 180). The colour-space is thus a cube. ...

Well, listen, I should tell you, I'm not a very good teacher. I barely encourage myself to get out of bed, let alone inspire some kid with special powers who wants to spend all his spare time doing maths. So as long as we're clear.

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... 55, 89, 144, 233, 377, 987, 1,597, 2,584. I like the Fibonacci sequence, too. Invaluable for music compositions. So you're new. Fresh meat. How's that going? Okay, so you're the shy type. Makes a nice change, to be honest. Most of these weirdos just wanna show off about how much maths junk they know. What?

-Nothing. It's just I'm usually the weird one.They do all seem good at maths, though.

Yeah. Here you are neither weird nor the best mathematician, I'm afraid. You are painstakingly average.

Nathan? Is that you? How are you doing? How's it going out there?

-Everything's different and everyone's cleverer than me.

Look, Nathan, it's your first night away and... And first nights away are always really, really shit. I mean, it's only a fortnight, innit? That's 14 days. And what's 14?

A positive integer.

-Positive integer. So think positively. Which is the square root of? Whose prime factorisation is?

Two squared by seven squared.

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Traits of autism combined with synaesthesia, sensitive to a change in light and pattern. These can be gifts, of course, but they do come with some big challenges, socially and emotionally, which will stay with Nathan all of his life. But there is no question; That he's a unique young man.

Civilizations have used 10, not l2, digits to count for millennia.

-Yes, for purely primitive reasons, and the fact that we have ten digits on our hands. My argument is that

if we use base 12 it is an infinitely superior system, and more logical. It takes 12 months for the Earth to orbit the sun, there are 12 hours a night and 12 hours a day, and each of those hours there are 12 five-minute increments. And what do you think, Nathan? ... You a member of the dozenalist society?

I don't know.

-Sorry. People disagreeing with my opinion is one thing, but no opinion? You might as well not be here.

I've come across people like him before.

-Definitely autistic.

He seems to have picked up all the bad traits and none of the good.

-What bad traits?

Obsessive. Socially incompetent. That sort of thing. It's about adaptability, Nathan. Sometimes we have to change our shape so that we fit in.

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Mind you, he never did quite live up to his potential, that one.

-It's because his illness was getting worse.

His Illness? Is he still using that excuse? Stephen Hawking has done all right on far worse.

"No one wants to be ordinary," they said. It's all right being weird as long as you're gifted. But if you're not gifted, then... That just leaves weird.

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When I speak to people of a non-mathematical nature, they always struggle with the notion that mathematics can be beautiful. But if beauty is truth and truth is beauty, well, then surely mathematics is the most beautiful thing of all.

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You quite like her.

-Of course I like her. Yeah, no, I mean, like: More than you normally like things. You know, like more than...

Ice cream. Or... Or maths.

I don't like anything more than I like maths.

Zhang Mei said that she liked me.

-Right. That's a... That's a good thing, isn't it? And do you... Do you think that you might have those kind

of feelings, too?

I don't know. I've been trying to work it out. But... I found a formula. I just can't understand it.

-Well, as far as I know, Nathan, no one ever has.

I know that when... When I'm around her, my brain works differently. And my body feels strange and I don't know what it means or why it matters.

-Why it matters? It matters because... Well, when... When somebody loves you, it means that they see

something in you... That they think is worth something. So it sort of... It adds value to you. But it can be hard... You know, when you love someone and they... They show no sign that they love you back, then it's

Then it's unequal. Or, um... When... When someone you love... Is subtracted from you... Then it feels like, you know, that your value is less than it was. Does that make sense?

## Comment

Add a CommentCompelling story about a special needs young math whiz, ably portrayed by Asa Butterfield, who grows up quickly when tragedy strikes, and he's thrust into the Math Olympiad due to his extraordinary ability and love for maths (as the Brits put it). Goes where one might expect until the end, which is certainly refreshing!

An usual coming of age experience of a math prodigy who had lost his beloved father in a fatal accident at a very young age. Under the tutelage of his widowed mother and an eccentric math teacher, he qualified and joined a community of peers to compete for a spot in the International Mathematics Olympiad. Through them, he discovered how to make friends and come to terms with his fatherâ€™s death. Recommend to all parents with "normal" or "special" children.

A good portrait of a young boy with the combination of great math skills and poor sociability (autism). Much of the story is set in Taiwan for a math Olympiad. Having spent a half year in Taipei, it seems to be really filmed in Taiwan.

Not a comedy!

A nice heart warming story and a great way to help to understand kids with disabilities. Nicely done and perfect casting.

Well done!

Though I had a hard time staying interested in this show at the beginning, the mid to end of the movie made it worth it as we saw people trying to drag Nathan out of his shell. The acting was excellent, the ending better. It was a good show that I would recommend to anyone.

Is the central conflict that he has Asperger's, or that his dad died, or that he's mean to his mom, or that he's in this math competition with a possible love interest. The acting is fine and moments of humor kept me marginally entertained.

Excellent film!!!!

I really enjoyed this film about an autistic boy who is brilliant in math but not able to socially relate to others. His gift in math opens the doors to more social settings and with patience, acceptance and caring from others he starts to learn the meaning and feelings of relationships with others.