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In fact, the answer to the question "What is mathematics?" has changed several times during the course of history... It was only in the last twenty years or so that a definition of mathematics emerged on which most mathematicians agree: mathematics is the science of patterns.
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The whole apparatus of the calculus takes on an entirely different form when developed for the complex numbers.
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The increased abstraction in mathematics that took place during the early part of this century was paralleled by a similar trend in the arts. In both cases, the increased level of abstraction demands greater effort on the part of anyone who wants to understand the work.
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Mathematics is a product - a discovery - of the human mind. It enables us to see the incredible, simple, elegant, beautiful, ordered structure that lies beneath the universe we live in. It is one of the greatest creations of mankind - if it is not indeed the greatest.
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March 16, 1947
(age 76)
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Keith J. Devlin is a British mathematician and popular science writer. Since 1987 he has lived in the United States. He has dual American-British citizenship.
Known for:
The Language of Mathematics (1998)
The Millennium Problems (1968)
Life by the Numbers (1998)
The unfinished game (2008)
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