I recently came across Laurent Schwartz’s autobiography, published in French in 1997, and in English in 2001. The book is hard to read, for various reasons, and has not become well-known; but there is much to be extracted from it.

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# Tag Archives: Fields Medal

# Video clip on Maryam Mirzakhani

Click here. Thanks to my daughter Daisy for passing this on. It’s actually not true that you have to be a genius to understand Riemann surfaces, but the transcript reads a bit garbled. Continue reading

# Tim Gowers at CoLA, Monday 3 November

Tim Gowers, professor of mathematics at Cambridge University and a former winner of the Fields Medal (the equivalent for maths of the Nobel Prize, but awarded only once every four years), was at CoLA on Monday 3 November to lecture and lead a classroom session on “What is mathematical proof?” Continue reading

# The 2014 Fields Medals

The Guardian website published a good, clear account, from the International Mathematical Union, of the medallists’ work.