The Rosetta Stone many believe holds key to essential nature of maths

That’s Maths: Langlands program one of most ambitious efforts to unify different branches

Mathematician Robert Langlands. Langlands program is a set of deep conjectures that attempt to forge links between algebraic and analytical objects.

Mathematician Robert Langlands. Langlands program is a set of deep conjectures that attempt to forge links between algebraic and analytical objects.

There are numerous branches of mathematics, from the familiar arithmetic, geometry and algebra at an elementary level to more advanced branches such as number theory, topology and complex analysis. Each branch has its own distinct set of axioms, or fundamental assumptions, from which theorems are derived by logical processes.

While each has its own flavour, character and methods, there are also strong overlaps and interdependencies between sub-fields. Several attempts have been made to construct a grand unified theory that embraces the entire field of maths.

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