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Author: Tarasicodissa Big red star, 1000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 1397  
Subject: A Fields medal winner's work and life(French) Date: 9/24/2012 11:08 AM
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I Just finished a book called "Théorème vivant" (Living theorem) by French mathematician Cédric Villani, one of the 2010 Fields medal winners. It describes the genesis of the theorems an proofs that finally won him the honour. There seems to be no English translation yet.

It gives an interesting view inside the work-and-private life of a top mathematician. It contains a lot of mathematical formulas, and reasonings toward solutions for the Boltzmann equation and Landau damping in plasmas. Totally incomprehensible for the layman, but they're purely illustrative, and you just look at them and continue the story, getting a peek inside the daily life of a researcher at the IAS in Princeton or the Institut Henri Poincaré in Paris. The ambitions, euphory and disappointments as the work evolves but turns out wrong, the somewhat extravagant way of life of some of these geniuses.

It's only 260 pages which were finished very quickly, even though French isn't my native language either.
I think it's a book that many who are curious about scientific work at this level will find interesting.
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