Re: Biting on McCreery's comment

Thomas W. Rimkus (trimkus@COMP.UARK.EDU)
Tue, 23 May 1995 03:39:00 -0500

On Sat, 20 May 1995, Read, Dwight ANTHRO wrote:

> While one can refer to pairs of individuals in the hard sciences, it is
> equally true that there is a long list of single researchers, particularly
> at a mathematical/theoretical level. In mathematics one would be hard
> pressed to come up with an example of a collaborative pair of mathematicians
> who stand out as major contributors to the field.

How about Whitehead/Russel? Their collaborative contribution to the very
foundations of mathematics is legend. In general, however, Read is
correct, mathematics seems to find its greatest development in individual
genius. Does this mean that analysing the framework of mathematics or human
nature is somehow more easily approached by teamwork, but creating is an
individual endeavor?

Tom Rimkus
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