# Jean-Pierre Serre

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**Jean-Pierre Serre** (born 15 September 1926) is a French mathematician.

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## Quotes[edit]

- It strikes me that mathematical writing is similar to using a language. To be understood you have to follow some grammatical rules. However, in our case, nobody has taken the trouble of writing down the grammar; we get it as a baby does from parents, by imitation of others. Some mathematicians have a good ear; some not (and some prefer the slangy expressions such as 'iff'). That's life.
- Jean-Pierre Serre in letter to David Goss, quoted in: David Goss. "Some Hints on Mathematical Style," at
*people.math.osu.edu,*accessed 08.2016

- Jean-Pierre Serre in letter to David Goss, quoted in: David Goss. "Some Hints on Mathematical Style," at

- You see, some mathematicians have clear and far-ranging. "programs". For instance, Grothendieck had such a program for algebraic geometry; now Langlands has one for representation theory, in relation to modular forms and arithmetic. I never had such a program, not even a small size one.

## Quotes about Jean-Pierre Serre[edit]

- If Serre was a Mozart, Grothendieck was a Wagner.
- Michael Artin, Allyn Jackson, David Mumford, and John Tate, Coordinating Editors (March 2016). "Alexandre Grothendieck 1928–2014, Part 1".
*Notices of the AMS***63**(3): 242-255.

- Michael Artin, Allyn Jackson, David Mumford, and John Tate, Coordinating Editors (March 2016). "Alexandre Grothendieck 1928–2014, Part 1".