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Re: Philosophy of Mathematics

September 21st, 2018, 3:50 pm

Age is just a number, but try to explain it to a mathematician. Anyway, OK, I will leave you to your mature science. Everybody tells me to get lost :-/
 
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Re: Philosophy of Mathematics

September 21st, 2018, 4:28 pm

"Born 1929" - at this age they often believe they solved the whole world.
You spoke too soon. He had that belief at an early age. 
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Atiyah
 
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Re: Philosophy of Mathematics

September 21st, 2018, 4:33 pm

My college had a large number of incredibly brilliant mathematicians as Fellows. MA was one of them. But he was the only one who never taught me. I probably wouldn’t have understood anyway!
 
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Re: Philosophy of Mathematics

September 21st, 2018, 4:50 pm

MA was a PhD student of WVD Hodge. Another concurrent PhD student was the late David Simms from whom I got lectures in Topology.
MA is a kind of super-star.

Topology demands a certain kind of 'mathematical brain'. 
 
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Re: Philosophy of Mathematics

September 22nd, 2018, 6:39 pm

It looks like he's trying to piss on every tree before he dies, so that anyone who successfully proves the theorem will have to give him some credit. It's pathetic.
 
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Re: Philosophy of Mathematics

September 22nd, 2018, 11:03 pm

A bit small-minded. His 735 descendents would disagree

https://genealogy.math.ndsu.nodak.edu/id.php?id=30949

"I've put in so many enigmas and puzzles that it will keep the professors busy for centuries arguing over what I meant, and that's the only way of insuring one's immortality. "
 
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Re: Philosophy of Mathematics

September 22nd, 2018, 11:42 pm

I wouldn't be surprised if 367.5 of them were slightly annoyed by the fact that it isn't the first time he cuts in the coherent debate with his half-baked proofs.
 
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Re: Philosophy of Mathematics

September 23rd, 2018, 10:17 am

It avoids paralysis. Mathematicians love when a theory breaks down.
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Re: Philosophy of Mathematics

September 23rd, 2018, 3:02 pm

Irresponsible and arrogant (that why I still publish ;-)).
 
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Re: Philosophy of Mathematics

September 27th, 2018, 6:34 pm

Brief history of Functional Analysis. 

http://www.diva-portal.org/smash/get/di ... TEXT01.pdf
 
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Re: Philosophy of Mathematics

October 1st, 2018, 1:38 am

So, Atiyah's proof of the Riemann hypothesis was a crap of a proof? Or just a crap - not even a proof. Poor guy. I've heard so many sad things about him: he's so old, his wife has died, his colleagues no longer talk to him... Ssh! Can you hear it? As if coming from somewhere very close, but I can't see it... Oh, it's the smallest violin in the world playing just for old male professors.
 
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Re: Philosophy of Mathematics

October 1st, 2018, 8:48 am

Stop, pls.
 
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Re: Philosophy of Mathematics

October 1st, 2018, 10:43 am

So, Atiyah's proof of the Riemann hypothesis was a crap of a proof? Or just a crap - not even a proof. Poor guy. I've heard so many sad things about him: he's so old, his wife has died, his colleagues no longer talk to him... Ssh! Can you hear it? As if coming from somewhere very close, but I can't see it... Oh, it's the smallest violin in the world playing just for old male professors.
Unfortunately, this is not a good way to win friends and influence people.
 
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Re: Philosophy of Mathematics

October 1st, 2018, 10:47 am

It's not time to make a change, just relax, take it easy
You're still young, that's your fault, there's so much you have to know
Find a girl,* settle down, if you want you can marry
Look at me, I am old but I'm happy


I was once like you are now and I know that it's not easy
To be calm when you've found something going on
But take your time, think a lot, why think of everything you've got
For you will still be here tomorrow but your dreams may not


* Or cat
 
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Re: Philosophy of Mathematics

October 1st, 2018, 11:43 am

So, Atiyah's proof of the Riemann hypothesis was a crap of a proof? Or just a crap - not even a proof. Poor guy. I've heard so many sad things about him: he's so old, his wife has died, his colleagues no longer talk to him... Ssh! Can you hear it? As if coming from somewhere very close, but I can't see it... Oh, it's the smallest violin in the world playing just for old male professors.
Unfortunately, this is not a good way to win friends and influence people.
Old professors ways aren't either. At least not ones I'd want to be my friends.
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