Thursday, March 21, 2013

Philosophy Wire: Mathematics, Abel, Pierre. Pierre? Who is Pierre?

blackboardPhilosophy Wire by Spiros Kakos [2013-03-21]:

It has been four decades since Belgian mathematician Pierre Deligne completed the work for which he became celebrated, but that fertile contribution to number theory has now earned him the Abel Prize, one of the most prestigious awards in mathematics. The Academy has rewarded Deligne, who works at the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) in Princeton, New Jersey, “for seminal contributions to algebraic geometry and for their transformative impact on number theory, representation theory, and related fields”. [source: web news]

Are you worried that you do not know him or his theories? It does not matter. He does not know you either. And anyway: why know theories which have nothing to do with your life?

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