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Re: Philosophy of Mathematics

November 29th, 2019, 10:00 pm

I think Terry Tao is a budding mathematical hero. 
 
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Re: Philosophy of Mathematics

November 30th, 2019, 9:36 am

No idea who's Terry Tao, but I witnessed the cult of Stefan Banach.
 
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Re: Philosophy of Mathematics

November 30th, 2019, 12:03 pm

math have their heroes, but slightly different than physics heroes

" "I'm not interested in money or fame; I don't want to be on display like an animal in a zoo." Perleman

so quite silent (slightly "nerdy") heroes we can possibly say.

physicist heros more outspoken:

Mathematican versus Physicists
 
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Re: Philosophy of Mathematics

November 30th, 2019, 3:13 pm

No idea who's Terry Tao, but I witnessed the cult of Stefan Banach.
He was awarded the Fields Medal in 2006 at the age of 31 "for his contributions to partial differential equations, combinatorics, harmonic analysis and additive number theory", and has continued to branch out ever since: 

https://www.math.ucla.edu/~tao/preprints/

And, by all accounts I have come across, he is a nice guy.
 
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Re: Philosophy of Mathematics

December 1st, 2019, 12:26 pm

Thanks and apologies for my ignorance. My mathematical culture was higher when my sister lived in London (she's a mathematician).
(It seems Tao should get a special reward for the number of collaborations!)
 
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Re: Philosophy of Mathematics

December 1st, 2019, 6:21 pm

No idea who's Terry Tao, but I witnessed the cult of Stefan Banach.
Indeed, Banach was one of the major lights of Functional Analysis. Wasn't he a chain smoker and drank in bar (in Kracow??)
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Re: Philosophy of Mathematics

December 1st, 2019, 7:27 pm

Oh, c'mon! You know it was in Lviv, The Scottish Café - still open! He had no equal in maths, but also drinking cognac (but he out-drunk the strongest Russian heads), smoking and romancing with young women. Some of these must have killed him.
 
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Re: Philosophy of Mathematics

December 4th, 2019, 11:22 am

Lagrange is #1.
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Re: Philosophy of Mathematics

December 4th, 2019, 11:23 am

Lagrange is #1.
Poincare was a polymath.
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