One, Two, Many: Individuality and Collectivity in Mathematics

Nathanson, Melvyn
March 2011
Mathematical Intelligencer;Mar2011, Vol. 33 Issue 1, p5
Academic Journal
In this article, the author discusses the concept of individuality and collaboration in mathematics. The author reflects on the achievement of Andrew Wiles, a world known mathematicians, in which Wiles solved the problem of Fermat's last theorem without collaborating with other mathematicians. The author also shares some of the collaborative works in the development of mathematics including the Bers Mafia and the collaboration of Paul Erd—os and I. M. Gel'fand.


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