On Poems & Proofs 23 Dec, 2019

A NON-MATHEMATICIAN MIGHT ASK if any of these problems have real-world applications, but is that fair? No one asks a poet what a new poem “does.” The poem’s simplicity, elegance, and beauty are sufficient reasons for its existence. Aren’t the same things true for a mathematical proof?

Mark F. Bernstein, quoting mathematician Terence Tao on the PAW

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