Math Quartet Joins Forces on Unified Theory – Quanta Magazine

An article by Kevin Hartnett describes the background behind a new breakthrough that bridges number theory and geometry, just the latest triumph for a close-knit group of mathematicians. They have been working on probably the single biggest project in mathematics, the Langlands program – described by the Berkeley mathematician Edward Frenkel  as “a kind of grand unified theory of mathematics” – the program, first envisioned by the mathematician Robert Langlands in the late 1960s. This seeks to draw connections between number theory and geometry so as to use tools from one field to make discoveries in the other.

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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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