__Mathematics and Technology__
In the world we
live in today, technology is constantly changing the way we do things. It has
evolved the way we are able to teach and to learn.

In past centuries, collaboration with other
professionals in your field was limited to carrying stone tablets, and sending
hand written letters by way of messengers. I don’t even want to imagine
discussing complex proofs by way of messenger pigeon.

__Beginnings of modern collaboration__
The Plimpton
Library tablet from around 1700 BCE, written in cuneiform, contains the most influential
and profound mathematical insights that are still used today. It was written on
wet clay, essentially by making impressions using wedged instruments.

As a mathematician, this made collaboration with others a long process. You would have to mix your clay, engrave your theories , and if you did not make any typographical errors allow your clay to harden .After your clay had hardened, you would then have to carry a big clay tablet with you across the dessert to collaborate with mathematicians in other towns.

As a mathematician, this made collaboration with others a long process. You would have to mix your clay, engrave your theories , and if you did not make any typographical errors allow your clay to harden .After your clay had hardened, you would then have to carry a big clay tablet with you across the dessert to collaborate with mathematicians in other towns.

However, this beat
the alternatives. If they had simply written their theories in the sand and
hoped it stayed until someone came to look at them, the famous Pythagorean Theorem,
and Euclidian geometry might not have existed today.

As a result of the ineffective
means of sharing knowledge, one can only wonder what great mathematical
discoveries were completely lost to us. For all we know the tablet with the
method for finding all of the nth primes with one simple equation is buried in
the sand, or was shattered by someone falling while carrying it.

__The Renaissance Era__
Now
skip ahead to the 1400’s. The hundred year’s war is over. The Byzantine Empire
has fallen, and most importantly the invention of the printing press. Now
mathematicians could share their work with a much wider audience. With all of
the new innovations of this era, mathematicians still had the time lapse of sending
their proofs by way of messenger. Collaboration was still more efficient, and
produced more mathematical advancements than previous centuries. Number theory,
calculus, and Newtonian physics all came from this era, along with many more.

__The computer age__
The
computer age gives us a whole new meaning of collaboration, innovation, and the
ability to calculate very large numbers quickly. Mathematicians all over the world
began to use these amazing new machines to assist in making new discoveries.

Branching
from this invention, come the intranet/internet allowing collaboration on a
scale never before seen. No longer were we bound by waiting for the mail to
deliver our work to other mathematicians to check our proofs. We could digitize
and zap our theorems to all parts of the globe in minutes.

__Social Media__
As
internet speeds improved, we were able to communicate in ways we never thought
possible. Community websites allow us to
find and connect with others in our field of interest globally. We no longer
are bound with traveling the globe to find a particular expert who is working on
a similar project. Now we can just “tweet” our way into new partnerships,
learning teams and even employment.

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