Saturday, December 12, 2009

Massively Collaborative Mathematics

From this weekend's NYTimes Magazine's Year In Ideas, Jordan Ellenberg has a fascinating blurb on "Massively Collaborative Mathematics":

Gowers's goals for the so-called Polymath Project were modest. "I will regard the experiment as a success," he wrote, "if it leads to anything that could count as genuine progress toward an understanding of the problem." Six weeks later, the theorem was proved. The plan is to submit the resulting paper to a top journal, attributed to one D.H.J. Polymath.

Check it out in full here. So cool!

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