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Proposal: Mathematical Exposition July 28, 2009

Posted by Phi. Isett in Essays, polymath proposals.

Disclaimer:  My last entry discussed how the use of personal profiles, a bookmarking system and selective provision of statistics can, in combination, help polymath deal with many of the challenges it faces, including the issues of how to provide leadership and promote overall efficiency.  But when I wrote it, I considered only the problem of producing research mathematics en masse, so I do not claim that the same principles necessarily apply to the collaborative production of mathematical exposition.

First of all, I am not suggesting we discontinue working on problems — rather I’m suggesting a (necessarily) smaller side-project.  Polymath should try to write a textbook… or something expository.