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My Encounter with Grothendieck

My Encounter with Grothendieck Mathematical Communities We learned as this article was about to be printed of the My Encounter with death of Alexander Grothendieck, who has made such a deep impression on so many in the world mathematical community.—The Editors Grothendieck GORDON EDWARDS n the summer of 1970 I was at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. I was in the process of obtaining my I Ph.D. in math under Paulo Ribenboim when I met Grothendieck and joined the ‘‘Survival’’ movement. I had never really joined anything before. It was not with This column is a forum for discussion of mathematical any idea of changing my life plan that I went to a confer- ence at l’Universite ´ de Montre ´al—just the prospect of communities throughout the world, and through all hearing about some new mathematics and seeing the time. Our definition of ‘‘mathematical community’’ is famous Alexander Grothendieck in action, fresh from receiving the Fields Medal in Nice. the broadest: ‘‘schools’’ of mathematics, circles of It was quite a shock to find myself coming home from this conference in the almost absurd roles of (1) cofounder correspondence, mathematical societies, student of the movement ‘‘Survivre—et Vivre’’ (or in English, the ‘‘Survival’’ movement) along http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Mathematical Intelligencer Springer Journals

My Encounter with Grothendieck

The Mathematical Intelligencer , Volume 37 (1) – Dec 25, 2014

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Publisher
Springer Journals
Copyright
Copyright © 2014 by Springer Science+Business Media New York
Subject
Mathematics; Mathematics, general; Theoretical, Mathematical and Computational Physics; Mathematical Methods in Physics; Numerical and Computational Physics; Appl.Mathematics/Computational Methods of Engineering
ISSN
0343-6993
eISSN
1866-7414
DOI
10.1007/s00283-014-9497-6
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Abstract

Mathematical Communities We learned as this article was about to be printed of the My Encounter with death of Alexander Grothendieck, who has made such a deep impression on so many in the world mathematical community.—The Editors Grothendieck GORDON EDWARDS n the summer of 1970 I was at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. I was in the process of obtaining my I Ph.D. in math under Paulo Ribenboim when I met Grothendieck and joined the ‘‘Survival’’ movement. I had never really joined anything before. It was not with This column is a forum for discussion of mathematical any idea of changing my life plan that I went to a confer- ence at l’Universite ´ de Montre ´al—just the prospect of communities throughout the world, and through all hearing about some new mathematics and seeing the time. Our definition of ‘‘mathematical community’’ is famous Alexander Grothendieck in action, fresh from receiving the Fields Medal in Nice. the broadest: ‘‘schools’’ of mathematics, circles of It was quite a shock to find myself coming home from this conference in the almost absurd roles of (1) cofounder correspondence, mathematical societies, student of the movement ‘‘Survivre—et Vivre’’ (or in English, the ‘‘Survival’’ movement) along

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The Mathematical IntelligencerSpringer Journals

Published: Dec 25, 2014

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