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Frenkel Does Not Give Up

Writing for the New York Times, Amir Alexander reviews UC Berkeley mathematician Edward Frenkel's book Love & Math.

Alexander credits Frenkel with persistence on two fronts: He pursued mathematical researches at the highest level despite having his access to education restricted due to anti-Semitism, and he doggedly attempts to explain to nonmathematicians his work on the Langlands program.

"In the end," Alexander says,

lay readers will probably acquire no more than a superficial sense of all this technical work. But far more important, they will gain an understanding of what modern mathematics is about—its ambition, its beauty and its power to enthrall.

Read the review.

Start Date: 
Wednesday, December 4, 2013