On 24/05/13 21:18, Sam Wormley wrote: > 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, he sent a letter to his >> sister Simone Weil, a noted philosopher, in which he articulated his >> vision of a mathematical Rosetta stone. Weil suggested that sentences >> written in the language of number theory could be translated into the >> language of geometry, and vice versa. ?Nothing is more fertile than >> these illicit liaisons,? he wrote to his sister about the unexpected >> links he uncovered between the two subjects; ?nothing gives more >> pleasure to the connoisseur.? And the key to his groundbreaking idea >> was something we encounter everyday when we look at the clock. >
Thanx for that. Something I wasn't aware of - very interesting.