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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