# 아티야의 생각

http://www.ams.org/journals/notices/200502/comm-interview.pdf

Atiyah: The point that I was trying to make there

was that really important progress in mathematics

is somewhat independent of technical jargon. Important

ideas can be explained to a really good

mathematician, such as Newton or Gauss or Abel,

in conceptual terms. They are in fact coordinatefree—

more than that, technology-free and in a sense

jargon-free. You don’t have to talk of ideals, modules

or whatever—you can talk in the common language

of scientists and mathematicians. The really

important progress mathematics has made within

two hundred years could easily be understood by

people such as Gauss and Newton and Abel. Only

a small refresher course in which they were told a

few terms—and then they would immediately understand.

Actually, my pet aversion is that many mathematicians

use too many technical terms when they

write and talk. They were trained in a way that, if

you do not say it 100 percent correctly, like lawyers,

you will be taken to court. Every statement has to

be fully precise and correct. When talking to other

people or scientists, I like to use words that are

common to the scientific community, not necessarily

just to mathematicians. And that is very

often possible. If you explain ideas without a vast

amount of technical jargon and formalism, I am

sure it would not take Newton, Gauss, and Abel

long—they were bright guys, actually!