Who is your favourite present-day mathematics guru?

Discussion in 'Math Research' started by Tony Burch, Aug 9, 2006.

  1. Tony Burch

    Tony Burch Guest

    Hi all,

    I was just pondering the idea of "gurus" & I thought the following questions
    may hopefully make some interesting & entertaining discussion:)

    Including people in this newsgroup & others in the field, whom do you
    consider to be the present-day "gurus" in mathematics? ...I mean the people
    who guide others, are inspirational & highly respected for their work &
    contributions in this field.

    Who is your favourite guru & why?

    Please take the question in a light-hearted way. Maybe this is just a chance
    to honour someone you respect. Maybe some readers will check out your "guru"
    and also enjoy them.

    Tony Burch
     
    Tony Burch, Aug 9, 2006
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    Ivars Guest

    Bill Gosper

    The most creative mathematician on Earth. Also hacker. Intuitive.
    -He showed that even in mathematics there are very important things
    which can be discovered in intuitive , non -rigorous way.

    -He only developed theory as much as was needed to reach results he was
    intuitively looking for;

    -He showed that way of life also must support creativity; He stayed
    away from articles, journals and establishment.

    - and he found expansion which connects e and pi.

    I respect him deeply.
     
    Ivars, Aug 9, 2006
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