Le Filtre

April 9, 2008

Ô puissant, ô formel, ô toi clair Bourbaki,
Vas-tu nous déchirer dans un accès de crise
Le Goursat filandreux, miroir de l’Analyse,
Défenseur attardé d’un passé qui a fui?

La suite d’autrefois se croyait l’infini,
Inutile, et que sans la comprendre utilise
Le maladroit conscrit, lui que Valiron grise
De son cours ténébreux qui distille l’ennui.

Ignorant les secrets de la Topologie
À l’espace infligée, et toi qui l’étudies,
Il nage dans l’erreur où son langage est pris.

Il contemple étonné, comme enivré d’un philtre,
L’adhérence, un manteau qu’il n’a jamais compris,
Que vet, sur un compact, immobile, le FILTRE.

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Pastiche par P.Samuel du poème “Le Cygne” de Mallarmé (1945).

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The triviality of r follows from the well­known fact

serre = sert

[Lam 1978], and that of c, l, d, h and n from

ce = se; balle = bal; laid = lait;
haut = au; parlent = parle;

after which the relations

allez = aller; sept = cet;
champs = chant; fard = phare

allow one to eliminate z, p, m and f . (One could give a proof with a more topological flavor of the triviality of f using cerf = serre.)

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Homophonic Quotients of Free Groups“, Jean-François Mestre, René Schoof, Lawrence Washington, Don Zagier

Typoreography

January 28, 2008

Reading an in all other aspects almost wonderful paper turns next to unbearable once realized author sees no particular difference between \phi and \emptyset

Dense nameology

January 27, 2008

So I headed directly toward the table to speak with Faltings. An interesting exchange ensued:
Arthur: “I just received an email saying that Wiles announced a proof of the Fermat Theorem. Is that be the case?”
Faltings (with disbelief): “André Weil?” (The room was packed and the background noise drowned out much conversation. So Faltings thought I mentioned the eminent, but then aging doyen of mathematics Weil.)
Arthur (more loudly): “No. Andrew Wiles.”
Faltings leaned back, tilted his chair, and stared directly at the ceiling. A long interval of silence ensued.

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From Arthur Jaffe’s reminiscences .

Amalgames

January 2, 2008

Portrait-collage of Joseph Brodsky, by Dmitri Evtushenko

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portrait-collage of Joseph Brodsky, by Dmitriy Evtushenko