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I am a mathematician by profession, specialising in the heady world of low-dimensional topology and knot theory. I used to think that mathematics was the closest thing we have to magic, but now I would disagree. In some sense it's the furthest possible thing: there is no real "depth" in mathematics, there is just subtlety. Changing viewpoint can afford us vistas of extraordinary beauty, but only if we choose the right way of looking at things. To say that an idea or theorem is deep is more to say that it opens up profoundly new way of thinking. Perhaps all the theorems we see as being hard are just being seen from the wrong point of view...


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       By: Strolen

In the middle of a desert in an oasis is a single prospering oak tree. Near the tree is a large pool of water. Drinking from the water is said to give you eternal life but really only extends your life for as long as you continue drinking from it. Those that have found it and left, have never found it again. Some search for it still.

Ideas  ( Locations ) | January 4, 2002 | View | UpVote 0xp


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