## Thursday, March 26, 2009

### 100 Greatest Theorems

Jay sent me an unbelievable link. Paul and Jack Abad presented this list of 100 greatest theorems at a math conference in 1999. Their criteria for the greatness of a theorem was

1) the place the theorem holds in the literature

2) the quality of the proof

3) the unexpectedness of the result

I had fun looking for my favorites: denumerability of the rationals, the non-denumerability of the continuum, and the incompleteness theorems. Jeff and Lee will be happy to see that the infinitude of the primes made it (#11). The list has dates for all the theorems, and links to proofs for some of them. Any guess as to what's number 1?

pic from Boston Bill

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## 1 comment:

I like #59 on the list the best:

"The Laws of Large Numbers" credited to "many".

HA! That's awesome.

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