06 SEP 2011 by ideonexus

 Mathematics as Exploration

Mathematics is not a careful march down a well-cleared highway, but a journey into a strange wilderness, where the explorers often get lost. Rigour should be a signal to the historian that the maps have been made, and the real explorers have gone elsewhere.
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Sounds like an adventure.

30 AUG 2011 by ideonexus

 Mathematicians Must be Adventurers

There is no thing as a man who does not create mathematics and yet is a fine mathematics teacher. Textbooks, course material—these do not approach in importance the communication of what mathematics is really about, of where it is going, and of where it currently stands with respect to the specific branch of it being taught. What really matters is the communication of the spirit of mathematics. It is a spirit that is active rather than contemplative—a spirit of disciplined search for adve...
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The field is not one of quite contemplation, but of active, "disciplined search for adventures of the intellect."