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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Many Years

Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 9:00 PM

From Tony Phillips's American Mathematical Society column
for November 2017 —

" It is significant that the authors chose to place this announcement
of their results not in a mathematics journal but in one aimed at a
much larger scientific audience; their writing is appropriately
expository, especially in the introduction. Nature  itself ran an 
assessment of the paper in their 'News and Views' section,
October 4: 'Mathematics: A pariah finds a home,' by Terry Gannon.
Gannon sets the stage, again in terms suitable for wide consumption,
and sketches out the story. He ends 'It is always difficult to gauge
the importance of a mathematical result without the hindsight
that many years brings.
Nevertheless, Duncan et al.  have shown us
a door. Whether it is to a new closet, house or world, we cannot yet say,
but the results are certainly unexpected, and no one will think of
the pariahs in the same way again.' "

See as well Log24 on the above date — Text and Context.

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