Something interesting is going on in Maths

There has been an attempt to solve a long-standing mathematical problem in a massively collaborative way. It is called the Polymath1 Project and looks to provide a new proof of the density Hales-Jewett (DHJ) theorem. Apparently, after about 7 weeks, it looks like they have done it. Details are here. I’ll leave it to you to wonder about the potential of all of this.

In a related note, David Pogue laments the lack of attribution to the original authors of Internet jokes. Believe it or not, this raises key issues of relevance to collaborative science.

One thought on “Something interesting is going on in Maths”

  1. An Australian connection.. One of the lead researchers mentioned, Terry Tao is, I believe, an Australian.


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