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Rolling out the red carpet for the Travelling Salesman

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Timothy Lanzone

Timothy Lanzone on the set

Travelling Salesman is an unusual movie: despite almost every character being a mathematician there's not a mad person in sight. Moreover, the plot centres on one of the greatest unsolved problems in mathematics, does P = NP? We were lucky enough to host the UK premiere of this movie last month, here at the Centre for Mathematical Sciences , the home of Plus. We spoke to Jonathan Oppenheim from University College London about the maths behind the movie and to the film's writer and director, Timothy Lanzone about creating drama from mathematics.

(The sound effects used in this podcast are by jlozano and nemoDaedalus.)

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