FOM: A contemporary Hilbert?
ivhtmon at ifa.au.dk
Fri Dec 15 03:43:20 EST 2000
I have just finished reading Jeremy Gray's interesting _The Hilbert
Challenge_ (Oxford University Press, 2000) on Hilbert's famous 1900
list of problems and its influence on 20th century mathematics.
Naturally, this has made me wonder if some present day Hilbert has
given a similarly ambitious talk on the occasion of the new
milennium. Does anyone know of any talks or papers trying to asses 1)
the most important mathematical problems, 2) the goals of mathematics
in the 21th century, 3) the nature of mathematics and the relations
between theories and problems, pure and applied mathematics,
mathematics as a whole and its subdisciplins etc etc?
Terese M. O. Nielsen
Ph.D. student in the Philosophy of Mathematics
Department of the History of Science, Aarhus University
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