Robert Langlands

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Robert Langlands

Robert Phelan Langlands (born October 6, 1936) is a Canadian mathematician. He is best known as the founder of the Langlands program, a vast web of conjectures and results connecting representation theory and automorphic forms to the study of Galois groups in number theory. He is an emeritus professor and occupies Albert Einstein's office at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton.


"Mathematical retrospections," 2013[edit]

Robert Langlands. "Mathematical retrospections," in: Mariana Cook ed. (2013), Mathematicians: An Outer View of the Inner World.

  • Although there are at present many occupations that require a good deal of skill and training in advanced mathematics, mathematics itself is still often regarded as a curious profession demanding singular talents and a singular personality.
    • p. 142
  • Mathematical maturity is anyhow an uncertain concept, for the mind’s natural competence seems to change with age, its purview variable.
    • p. 142
  • What I have achieved has been largely a matter of chance. Many problems I thought about at length with no success. With other problems, there was the inspiration—indeed, some that astound me today. Certainly the best times were when I was alone with mathematics, free of ambition and of pretense, and indifferent to the world.
    • p. 142

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