Friday, October 16, 2009
Israel Gelfand RIP
NY Times obituary of the legendary mathematician. Though I did not work in any of the fields pioneered by him and read only a few expository articles by him, his name, contributions and his seminars were a part of the folklore. I met him only once a few years ago and was surprised to find him showing interest in my work (very far from the areas he worked in) and even wanting reprints. I guess that he just wanted to know whatever was going on. More links here (via Not Even Wrong ).