FOM: Further remarks on accessibility of mathematics
JSHIPMAN@bloomberg.net
JSHIPMAN at bloomberg.net
Tue Nov 11 10:46:03 EST 1997
Although "ordinary" mathematics may not be able to meet the
very high standard of general interest that f.o.m. (as
exemplified in say, Godel's work) can [because there is more
general interest in "reasoning" than there is in any more
specifically mathematical topic], it is certainly true that
modern mathematics can be made much more accessible to the
"general educated person", who can be presumed to at least have
been educated in math through high school. Some areas in
regular math with recent "big" results where this is possible
include: finite groups, low-dimensional topology, theory of
feasible computation, number theory, complex analysis, etc.--JS
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