``I must give him his due. He has considerably cretinized me.'' Lautréamont

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Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Of Math Proofs and Millionaires (NYT)

NYT does not notice that the mathematician is a male

the sex that has obsessions about knowing things once and for all, ``at least in this obscure corner''

hence winds up in a nearly 100% male occupation

females can't sustain the delusion of importance, opting instead for some kind of social life.

not a difference of talent, but of interest

We just want to celebrate the dedication — some might call it obsession — that led a reclusive Russian mathematician to solve a problem that once seemed insoluble.


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