"Sam Wormley" <email@example.com> wrote in message news:-_udnc6yG7W_VgLMnZ2dnUVZ_q6dnZ2d@giganews.com... > An Unheralded Breakthrough: The Rosetta Stone of Mathematics >> http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/guest-blog/2013/05/21/an-unheralded-breakthrough-the-rosetta-stone-of-mathematics/ > >> Deligne's most spectacular results are on the interface of two areas >> of mathematics: number theory and geometry. At first glance, the two >> subjects appear to be light-years apart. As the name suggests, number >> theory is the study of numbers, such as the familiar natural numbers >> (1, 2, 3, and so on) and fractions, or more exotic ones, such as the >> square root of two. Geometry, on the other hand, studies shapes, such >> as the sphere or the surface of a donut. But French mathematician >> André Weil had a penetrating insight that the two subjects are in >> fact closely related. In 1940, while Weil was imprisoned for refusing >> to serve in the army during World War II.