Mathematical Programming as an Intellectual Activity
For every scientific discipline, a process of reappraisal and evaluation of the discipline as a whole forms a natural topic for informal discussion among scientists. These discussions — typically held between lectures or after dinner — might focus on the promise held out by a new development, on the tenacity of certain venerable subareas within the discipline or on the growth (or decline) of prominent research groups. In every case, the discussion is part of a natural mechanism through which a scientific community strives for some consensus on what the state of the discipline is and where it might be heading next.
KeywordsMathematical Programming Stochastic Programming Intellectual Activity Intellectual History Abstract Domain
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