Jean-Pierre Serre

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Jean-Pierre Serre

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

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  • 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.
  • 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]

  • Je pourrais dire, en exagérant à peine, qu’entre le début des années cinquante jusque vers l’année 1966, donc pendant une quinzaine d’année, tout ce que j’ai appris en "géométrie" (dans un sens très large, englobant la géométrie algébrique ou analytique, la topologie et l’arithmétique), je l’ai appris par Serre, quand je ne l’ai pas appris par moi-même dans mon travail mathématique. C’est en 1952 je crois, quand Serre est venu à Nancy (où je suis resté jusqu’en 1953), qu’il a commencé à devenir pour moi un interlocuteur privilégié - et pendant des années, il a été même mon seul interlocuteur pour les thèmes se plaçant en dehors de l’analyse fonctionnelle. - Grothendieck, Récoltes et Semailles.

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