Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Mathematics reaps the benefits of physical insight

A few days ago, slashdot linked to this essay by M. du Sautoy in Seed on the relationship between the Riemann Hypothesis and quantum physics. I've been consistently impressed by Seed's provision of scientific reporting that neither glosses over significant concepts nor drowns the non-specialist in technical details. I think it answers the scientist's perpetual complaint against journalists' relationship with science, as summarized by this recent opinion piece in the Notices of the AMS. Now, if only more media outlets would follow Seed's excellent example.

On a tenuously related note; the author's website is by far the most elaborate I've ever seen among academics. It's refreshing to see such an open rejection of the reverse snobbery so common among our ilk.

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