Travelling Salesman

Synopsis: Four mathematicians are hired by the US government to solve the most powerful problem in computer science history.
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
80 min

I'd like to first

welcome everyone here tonight.

All of you joining us...

we can't hear you!

Okay, I'm sorry.

Please excuse us for a moment.

We're clearly having some

technical difficulties here.

Uh, we'll introduce

this evening's keynote speaker

In just a second.

No cell phones.

I know.

The battery.



Was that him?

What did he say?

40 minutes.

This doesn't feel right.

This is over two years.

Did he say why?


Perhaps we should

discuss the addendum

Before he arrives.

I wasn't 100% clear...

It was strongly suggested.

It wasn't 100% clear

If this was applicable.

It certainly wasn't

at the start.

And, now that we're here...

it was strongly suggested.

And now that

we're somehow here,

It would seem irresponsible

to everyone involved

To not have the discussion.

Right, that's...

exactly what I'm saying.

Who's the author

of the addendum?

I imagine it was a compositor.

Right, so...

- wasn't me.

- Or me.

I'm sorry?

The addendum.

What about it?

We think it should be


So? Discuss it.

Why was it included?

I was asked to include

applied suppositions.

- When?

- Nine months ago.

Why am I being interrogated?

Come on.

It was always agreed on,

from the start,

That everything

in the final report

Would be discussed

and agreed upon by all of us,


That's right.


- as... As I was saying...

- Was it von neu...

I'm sorry to interrupt.

Was it von Neumann who said

that in mathematics

We don't understand things,

we simply get used to them?

What does that mean?

Well, uh...

i suppose what it means

Is that the implication

stated within the addendum

Seemed to be a slight stretch

For an algorithmic


Wouldn't you say, Jim?

I can't believe the English

Still haven't taught you

proper manners.

Guys, let's stay on the topic.

I'm not entirely sure

what that means, but, uh...

- oh, I'm sure you wouldn't.

- It's apparent,

However superficially, that

you've exceeded your authority.

Perhaps we should hang on

for a minute...

This is not a democracy...

actually, authority's

even the wrong word,

Because that has implications,

And in this case,

there are none.

- You had none.

- Or a lecture hall, son.

There's no point

in questioning...

I'm not a child.

No, you most certainly are not.

You used the word "superficial"

a moment ago,

And if that's where

you'd like to leave it,

Then the answer

is quite simple.

Three words:

Knowledge is power.

Yes, it is.

His brief career

has undoubtedly touched,


and motivated all of us

In some capacity.

And these brief introductions

Always, on some level,

seem to fall short

Of true justice.

But, nevertheless, here goes.

Our honored guest was born

in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,

Son of a banker

and a homemaker,

A graduate of the university

of Pennsylvania,

Summa cum laude,

Before receiving his PhD

in mathematics

From Princeton.

Based on his thesis work

on Riemann's hypothesis,

He was an invited fellow

At the institute

for advanced study

As well as at mit,

Where his work

on complexity theory

Earned him the abel prize.

He is presently the rouse ball

professor of mathematics

In the department

of pure mathematics

And mathematical statistics

at Cambridge university

And a fellow

at trinity college.

In 2008...

he was awarded the greatest

honor in our profession

When he was presented

with the fields medal

For his proof

of the nonexistence

Of one-Way functions.

Ladies and gentlemen,

It is with great honor

that I now present to you

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