20091007, 22:45  #1 
Aug 2004
Melbourne, Australia
2^{3}×19 Posts 
Collaborative mathematics: the "polymath" project
There seems to be a bit of a buzz about this "polymath" idea... basically, many people get together online and work together on a maths problem.
Here's a blog post: Is massively collaborative mathematics possible? The readers of this forum might be interested in the polymath: Finding primes. Thoughts? 
20091008, 12:48  #2  
"Bob Silverman"
Nov 2003
North of Boston
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20091008, 15:37  #3 
May 2003
7·13·17 Posts 
Dougy,
I think that this is a great idea. From what I understand, they found a new proof of Szemeredi's theorem under one polymath project. Last fiddled with by ZetaFlux on 20091008 at 16:05 
20091008, 15:40  #4 
"Bob Silverman"
Nov 2003
North of Boston
2^{3}×937 Posts 

20091008, 16:04  #5 
May 2003
7×13×17 Posts 
Dear Silverman,
Questions only need one question mark. ;) By "they" I meant the contributors to the polymath project headed by Gowers and Tao, which worked on Szemeredi's theorem. For more information see: http://michaelnielsen.org/polymath1/...itle=Polymath1 
20091008, 16:17  #6  
"Bob Silverman"
Nov 2003
North of Boston
2^{3}×937 Posts 
Quote:
It is one thing when Fields Medalists collaborate. It is another thing when untrained people from this forum do so. 

20091008, 16:22  #7 
May 2003
3013_{8} Posts 
And it is another when *both* groups collaborate; which is what this thread is about.

20091008, 16:26  #8  
"Bob Silverman"
Nov 2003
North of Boston
2^{3}×937 Posts 
Quote:
I find the idea that Gowers and or Tao (or other similary trained people) would want to collaborate on research with people who don't even have an undergraduate math degree to be ludicrous. 

20091008, 19:28  #9 
May 2003
11000001011_{2} Posts 
Silverman,
First, you seem to be missing an O at the end of your acronym. Second, did you even read the links that have been provided? This is getting tedious. 
20091009, 00:02  #10 
Aug 2004
Melbourne, Australia
98_{16} Posts 
I am quite surprised how much time these experts are spending putting this online and answering questions... I certainly wouldn't have time to do that. Although most of the responses I see here are quite reasonable (perhaps the questions are filtered anyway).

20091009, 03:52  #11 
May 2003
60B_{16} Posts 
Yes, I believe the comments are filtered.

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