Oct 12, 2008

Andre Weil on the Riemann hypothesis

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Don’t be fooled by introductory remarks to the effect that ‘the field with one element was conceived by Jacques Tits…’ Let’s have it out into the open : F_un mathematics’ goal is no less than proving the Riemann Hypothesis.

Oct 1, 2008

ceci n’est pas un corps

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To Gavin Wraiht a mathematical phantom is a “nonexistent entity which ought to be there but apparently is not; but nevertheless obtrudes its effects so convincingly that one is forced to concede a broader notion of existence”. Mathematics’ history is filled with phantoms getting the kiss of life.