15 Jun 2003
(updated 15 Jun 2003 at 22:09 UTC) »
where Erights.org come from ? It smells like e-gold before i knew it...
| When I asked many people what is the most difficult areas of math to
| understand, and also what is the most important unsolved mathematical
| problem, they always responded with two words: "Langlands Conjecture"
| (or "Langlands philosophy").
| Can anyone explain what this is so that a general audience could
| understand it? If this is not possible, could anyone give a flavor
| of what this means?
--Alas, to appreciate the ideas in the Langlands program requires at
least a PhD-level math education. It would be virtually impossible
to attempt to convey these ideas to an audience less-educated.
Below are references to works of expository character which touch on
topics related to the Langlands program. I'd suggest starting with
Shafarevich, Gelbart (1984) and Murty - some of which should be
accessible to bright math undergrads. - Bill Dubuque.
a flavor of what this means can be tasted everywhere at the BQM (Big Question Mark)
section. And you don't have to have a Ph.D degree but the amount of time one spent to be able to appreciate the nuisance is about the same...