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Thursday, August 23, 2012

William Thurston R.I.P.


Math circles this week have been noting the death of outstanding and influential mathematician/topologist (and Fields Medalist) William Thurston on Tuesday at age 65.
Terry Tao's obituary to him here:

http://terrytao.wordpress.com/2012/08/22/bill-thurston/

A famous essay Thurston wrote entitled "On Proof and Progress In Mathematics" is available online here:

http://tinyurl.com/8symrpq

(or you can google it if you prefer it in pdf form)

ADDENDUM: just adding a couple more links (to Scientific American and the NY Times) from the many memorials to Thurston : 

http://tinyurl.com/dyyf8nc

http://tinyurl.com/c3lbkmg

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