Mathematics as a branch of human knowledge is several millenia old, and though each individual mathematician's historical contribution to this branch of knowledge may be small, the resulting edifice is grand indeed. It long ago ceased to be possible for a single mathematician to even know the basic definitions of every subfield of mathematical knowledge. We have reached the point of decay in some areas. Richard Askey has observed that Gregory Chudnovsky knows things about hypergeometric functions that no one has understood since Riemann and that, with Chudnovsky's eventual passing, no one is likely to understand again. The body of mathematical knowledge, organized into specialties and sub-specialties and sub-sub-specialties, none of which even use the same notation for similar ideas, has become a vast jungle.
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