Evolution of Mathematical Thought

Source: MIT Tech Review, Apr 2016
<Original: Arxiv, Mar 2016>

mathematical evolution by no means consists of a gentle flow of ideas from one generation the next. Instead, it is a maelstrom in which ideas and practices emerge, thrive, and evolve, sometimes dying out completely. This maelstrom is characterized by tipping points in which fields change dramatically in just a few years.

… insight into the way new ideas emerge and become important to human minds.

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