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Bulletin of the American Mathematical Society

The Bulletin publishes expository articles on contemporary mathematical research, written in a way that gives insight to mathematicians who may not be experts in the particular topic. The Bulletin also publishes reviews of selected books in mathematics and short articles in the Mathematical Perspectives section, both by invitation only.

ISSN 1088-9485 (online) ISSN 0273-0979 (print)

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What is good mathematics?
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Bull. Amer. Math. Soc. 44 (2007), 623-634 Request permission


Some personal thoughts and opinions on what “good quality mathematics” is and whether one should try to define this term rigorously. As a case study, the story of Szemerédi’s theorem is presented.
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  • Terence Tao
  • Affiliation: Department of Mathematics, University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California 90095-1555
  • MR Author ID: 361755
  • ORCID: 0000-0002-0140-7641
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  • Received by editor(s): February 7, 2007
  • Published electronically: May 2, 2007
  • © Copyright 2007 American Mathematical Society
    The copyright for this article reverts to public domain 28 years after publication.
  • Journal: Bull. Amer. Math. Soc. 44 (2007), 623-634
  • MSC (2000): Primary 00A30
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  • MathSciNet review: 2338369