A quotation by Georg Frobenius


...Organization is of the utmost importance for military affairs, as it is ... for other disciplines where the gathering process of practical knowledge exceeds the strength of any individual. In mathematics, however, organizing talent plays a most subordinate role. Here weight is carried only by the individual. The slightest idea of a Riemann or a Weierstrass is worth more than all organisational endeavours. To be sure, such endeavours have pushed to take centre stage in recent years, but they are exclusively pursued by people who have nothing, or nothing more, to offer in scientific matters. There is no royal road to mathematics.


JOC/EFR February 2006

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