In other words, the philosophy was this: If a phenomenon seems hard to explain, it’s because you haven’t fully understood how general it is. Once you figure out how general it is, the explanation will stare you in the face.
It is, I believe, just plain impossible, without trying to teach you a lot of mathematics, to convey the extremes to which Grothendieck carried this philosophy, or the magnificence of its success. Of course it might still have had its limits.
— The Generalist
— Steve Landsburg
— November 17, 2014
2014.11.25 Tuesday ACHK