Wednesday, February 01, 2006


JSH: Brilliance is as brilliance does

I'm going to make a crucial point here, which goes to your innate brilliance and potential as a mathematician.

If I am right, and it turns out there is this remarkable flaw that has remained hidden for over a hundred years through accidents of history and other stuff, like Galois Theory being said to only work with non-rationals, where I've been posting about it, and you have at all come anywhere close to this story, can you be a brilliant mathematician and not get it?

For some of you the most important part of this tale will be the clear evidence that at best you are a middling mathematician with moderate potential.

Any mathematician of any true brilliance would get it with only hints, let alone full proofs.

There is at least one math grad student at a major university who has shown indications that he gets it.

Necessarily, true brilliance is a rare thing. And, also, it's rare that a super test is given to clear out all the chaff, but that test is here now.

Make no mistake, this story will break soon. And when it does, and you sat or didn't quite get it, or worst of all, thought I was wrong, then don't lie to yourself. At that point, do yourself a favor, and just sort of head on to other areas.

It sounds brutal, but the field of mathematics needs the best and brightest, especially now.

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