Monday, December 27, 2010

The 'Surprise' of Mathematical Connections

Another interesting post from RJ Lipton here:

This time on the "beauty and power" of "unexpected connections" in mathematics, where findings or knowledge from areas that seem to have little overlap, are conjoined to produce yet newly useful knowledge or proof. This can happen in other areas of science, but is an especially integral underlying part of modern mathematics with its complex, almost unwieldy proofs, going forward.
The post starts off with reference to illustrious mathematician and economics Nobel-Prize winner John Nash (famous to lay folks from the book and movie "A Beautiful Mind"), before delving into some more abstract and technical discussion.
Mathematics, full of surprise and beauty, signifying much.

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