Open Source Mathematics - Professor Tim Gowers
The 2010 Dame Kathleen Ollerenshaw lecture took place on the 14th May.
Mathematical research has traditionally been a very private pursuit, at least until the moment when the mathematician has a fully polished result to present. Early last year, as an experiment, I tried tackling a mathematical problem in a much more public way: I suggested an initial approach on my blog and invited anybody who wanted to, to contribute thoughts about how the problem might be solved. In this talk I shall discuss the experiment, its surprising outcome, and the problem itself.