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Originally Posted by DrJ
The same is true for math. It is an enormous field, and the best anyone can do is to learn the small part of it that applies to your interest. But do learn the fundamentals, and learn it well.

The last mathematician who new whole mathematics known to human kind
during his life time was Euler who died in 1783. The last human being who new significant chunks of mathematics was John (Janos in Hungarian) von Neumann. He had papers published in Functional Analysis, Ergodic Theory, Operator Algebras, Game Theory, Numerical Analysis, Set Theory, Quantum Mechanics, and of course he built the first computer. He died 1957. His daughter still lives in Boston.