The greatest mathematical paper of all time

  title={The greatest mathematical paper of all time},
  author={Amos J. Coleman},
  journal={The Mathematical Intelligencer},
  • A. J. Coleman
  • Published 1 June 1989
  • Mathematics
  • The Mathematical Intelligencer
ConclusionWhy do I think that Z.v.G.II was an epoch-making paper?(1)It was the paradigm for subsequent efforts to classify the possible structures for any mathematical object. Hawkins [15] documents the fact that Killing’s paper was the immediate inspiration for the work of Cartan, Molien, and Maschke on the structure of linearassociative algebras which culminated in Wedderburn’s theorems. Killing’s success was certainly an example which gave Richard Brauer the will to persist in the attempt to… 

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