When mathematicians import ideas across fields, “that’s when I think these really interesting jumps in knowledge happen.”

‘Outsiders’ Crack a 50-Year-Old Math Problem

by Erica Klarreich from Wired.

Spielman, Marcus and Srivastava “brought a bunch of tools into this problem that none of us had ever heard of,” Casazza said. “A lot of us loved this problem and were dying to see it solved, and we had a lot of trouble understanding how they solved it.”

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"The mathematician's patterns, like the painter's or the poet's, must be beautiful; the ideas, like the colours or the words, must fit together in a harmonious way. " G H Hardy, A Mathematician's Apology (London 1941).

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