One, Two, Many: Individuality and Collectivity in Mathematics

  title={One, Two, Many: Individuality and Collectivity in Mathematics},
  author={M. Nathanson},
  journal={The Mathematical Intelligencer},
  • M. Nathanson
  • Published 2011
  • Mathematics
  • The Mathematical Intelligencer
  • “Fermat’s last theorem” is famous because it is old and easily understood, but it is not particularly interesting. Many, perhaps most, mathematicians would agree with this statement, though they might add that it is, nonetheless, important because of the new mathematics created in the attempt to solve the problem. By solving Fermat, Andrew Wiles became one of the world’s best known mathematicians, along with John Nash, who achieved fame by being crazy, and Theodore Kaczynski, the Unabomber, by… CONTINUE READING
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