Archive for February, 2003

The classification of finite simple groups

Thursday, February 20th, 2003

Never before in the history of mathematics has there been an individual theorem whose proof has required 10,000 journal pages of closely reasoned argument. Who could read such a proof, let alone communicate it to others? But the classification of all finite simple groups is such a theorem- its complete proof, developed over a 30-year period by about 100 group theorist is the union of some 500 journal articles covering approximately 10,000 printed pages.

Daniel Gorenstein의 'The Classification of finite Simple Groups'중에서

뉴턴과 케플러

Sunday, February 16th, 2003

I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the seashore and diverting myself now and then finding a smoother pebble or prettier shell than ordinary whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.

If I have seen further than others, it is because I have stood on the shoulders of giants.
Newton, from somewhere..

It may be well to wait a century for a reader, as God has waited six thousand years for an observer.
Keppler, from "Martyrs of Science"