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  • If there is one thing in mathematics that fascinates me more than anything else (and doubtless always has), it is neither "number" nor "size", but always form. And among the thousand-and-one faces whereby form chooses to reveal itself to us, the one that fascinates me more than any other and continues to fascinate me, is the structure hidden in mathematical things.

    Numbers   Faces   Size  
    "Alexander Grothendieck, Math Enigma, Dies at 86" by Bruce Weber and Julie Rehmeyer, November 14, 2014.
  • Discovery is the privilege of the child: the child who has no fear of being once again wrong, of looking like an idiot, of not being serious, of not doing things like everyone else.

  • I am not really doing research, just trying to cultivate myself.

    Math   Trying   Research  
  • The question you raise, 'How can such a formulation lead to computations?' doesn't bother me in the least! Throughout my whole life as a mathematician, the possibility of making explicit, elegant computations has always come out by itself, as a byproduct of a thorough conceptual understanding of what was going on. Thus I never bothered about whether what would come out would be suitable for this or that, but just tried to understand - and it always turned out that understanding was all that mattered.

  • A different image came to me a few weeks ago. The unknown thing to be known appeared to me as some stretch of earth or hard marl, resisting penetration... the sea advances insensibly in silence, nothing seems to happen, nothing moves, the water is so far off you hardly hear it... yet finally it surrounds the resistant substance.

    Moving   Sea   Water  
    "Episodes in the History of Modern Algebra (1800-1950)". Book edited by Karen Hunger Parshall and‎ Jeremy J. Gray, September 6, 2007.
  • The introduction of the cipher 0 or the group concept was general nonsense too, and mathematics was more or less stagnating for thousands of years because nobody was around to take such childish steps.

    Math   Years   Groups  
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Alexander Grothendieck

  • Born: March 28, 1928
  • Died: November 13, 2014
  • Occupation: Mathematician