Finding Beauty in the Dissonance

Math is Getting Dynamic

A very quick overview of dynamics in Slate, the area that two of this year’s four Fields medalists study.

…mathematics is so rich and infinite that it is impossible to learn it systematically, and if you wait to master one topic before moving on to the next, you’ll never get anywhere. Instead, you’ll have tendrils of knowledge extending far from your comfort zone. Then you can later backfill from these tendrils, and extend your comfort zone; this is much easier to do than learning “forwards”.

– Ravi Vakil

The ideal situation occurs when the things that we regard as beautiful are also regarded by other people as useful.

– Donald Knuth

Enlightening the man on the street with a beautifully simple experiment.