I have not made a re-open request before, and I hope this is the proper way to do it. If not, I would greatly appreciate some help so I can do it properly.

I would appreciate feedback on how this question of mine can be improved enough for it to be re-opened. I edited it but no one has commented since. Specifically, could the phrasing be changed from a 'most important' viewpoint to a 'very far-reaching,' 'widely applicable,' or 'theorems that impacted group theory the most' point of view (one or all three, as they are certainly related)?

I will still maintain that the original wording is not bad, as Joseph Gallian and G.A. Miller are willing to rank certain theorems by importance, and I doubt they are alone in this. However, more than anything I would like to see the question re-opened, as I think it is interesting, and there is some community interest as evidenced by the 4 upvotes and 'favorited' status.

I appreciate the thoughts. Thanks.

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  • $\begingroup$ Although this is subjective, I agree with user18921's point that "Understanding the theorems that are considered most important in any field of math is an important step towards understanding that field." Therefore, I believe that your question should be re-opened, and incidentally is fine as it is (although I am sure someone will come up with an improvement). $\endgroup$ – user1729 Aug 29 '13 at 15:58
  • $\begingroup$ Also, the "most important theorem" in finite group theory is going to be pretty elementary (although I am sure someone will mention the classification). However, this is not the case in infinite groups. Certainly, every "most important" candidate I can think of is highly non-trivial...So this question is interesting to me :-) $\endgroup$ – user1729 Aug 29 '13 at 16:00
  • $\begingroup$ @Alex I agreed with the arguments put forward, and have cast the final reopening vote. It could be "primarily opinion-based", but as long as answerers try to answer in all seriousness, I think it won't degrade into a poll. $\endgroup$ – Lord_Farin Aug 29 '13 at 16:45
  • $\begingroup$ @Lord_Farin: Thank you, I really appreciate that. $\endgroup$ – Alex Petzke Aug 29 '13 at 20:36
  • $\begingroup$ Told you someone would mention the classification! $\endgroup$ – user1729 Aug 29 '13 at 21:42

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