Although not a mathematician myself, one of the things I find endlessly fascinating about math is the way one can take a seemingly impossible problem and translate it or express it in another context, and all of a sudden that hard problem can become easy.
Highlights from Francis Su’s webinar “The Integration of Faith and the Academic Calling.”
[Karen Uhlenbeck’s] work laid the foundation for a whole new branch of mathematics, geometric analysis, and she also provided mathematical physicists critical tools for working with the Yang-Mills equations which are central to the Standard Model of particle physics.
Topology is a standard topic in mathematics; topiary less so. That’s why I thought it was pretty cool to read about a mathematician-designed maze in celebration of the Abel Prize.
Truly universal truths can be more elusive than they seem.