# Massively collaborative mathematics

@article{Gowers2009MassivelyCM, title={Massively collaborative mathematics}, author={Timothy Gowers and Michael Nielsen}, journal={Nature}, year={2009}, volume={461}, pages={879-881} }

The 'Polymath Project' proved that many minds can work together to solve difficult mathematical problems. Timothy Gowers and Michael Nielsen reflect on the lessons learned for open-source science.

## 151 Citations

Analyzing Massively Collaborative
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