the importance of proving theorems
Date: Fri, 9 Jul 93 23:23:21 PDT
Subject: the importance of proving theorems
From: Adam L. Buchsbaum <alb@Princeton.EDU>
From: --J. ?
"If I could come back after five hundred years and find
that the Riemann hypothesis or Fermat's last 'theorem' was
proved, I would be disappointed, because I would be pretty
sure, in view of the history of attempts to prove these
conjectures, that an enormous amount of time had been spent
on proving theorems that are unimportant to the life of man."
-- Morris Kline, from an interview in _Mathematical People_
(eds. Donald J. Albers and G. L. Alexanderson, Contemporary, 1985.)
© 1993 Peter Langston