[FOM] Frank Quinn article in January Notices

Timothy Y. Chow tchow at alum.mit.edu
Thu Dec 22 12:30:22 EST 2011

Frank Quinn has an article in the current (January 2012) Notices of the 
AMS entitled, "A Revolution in Mathematics? What Really Happened a Century 
Ago and Why It Matters Today."


Strictly speaking there is not much here that hasn't already been said by 
Quinn, or others, before, but I felt that Quinn has articulated several 
points particularly clearly and forcefully in this article.  I personally 
believe that his main thesis is correct and important: that mathematics 
underwent a revolution in precision and rigor about a century ago; that 
the reasons for this revolution are poorly understood by almost everybody, 
even many professional mathematicians; and that this lack of understanding 
has caused dangerously widening rifts in the mathematical, scientific, and 
educational worlds.


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