> > Let me remind you of the words of the most famous mathematician of the twentieth century:
I thought we were about to get a quotation from Grothendieck. So, since there's little else happening in sci.math, may we play a parlour game? Supposing that 'the most famous mathematician of the twentieth century' denotes someone, who does it denote?
> "Apart from the most elementary mathematics, like arithmetic or high school algebra, the symbols, formulas and words of mathematics have no meaning at all. The entire structure of pure mathematics is a monstrous swindle, simply a game, a prank. You may well ask, "are there no renegades to reveal the truth?" Yes, of course. But the facts are so incredible that no one takes them seriously. So the secret is in no danger." -- Ted Kaczynski in a letter to Lutz Dammbeck, from the documentary "The Net" >
-- When a true genius appears in the world, you may know him by this sign, that the dunces are all in confederacy against him. Jonathan Swift: Thoughts on Various Subjects, Moral and Diverting