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The Apprenticeship of a Mathematician

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mskmoorthy

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I read this delightful book The Apprenticeship of a Mathematician - an autobiography of famous French Mathematician Andre Weil (at least two times, the last time was nearly a year ago). Amazon.com: The Apprenticeship of a Mathematician (9780817626501): Andre Weil, Jennifer Gage: Books You may read more about the illustrious career of Andre Weil here André Weil - Wikipedia, the free encyclopediaThe book describes his experiences in India (He taught in Aligarh Muslim University) for a year and his travels in India. He is the de facto leader of Bourbaki Group (a group of French Mathematicians taking a fictionalized name) which worked from first principles and wrote ground breaking books.

Andre Weil learnt Sanskrit when he was in highschool/College and knew about India. One of his famous quotes is:
"God exists since mathematics is consistent, and the Devil exists since we cannot prove it."
He was imprisoned during second world war and he continued his research while in prison.
 
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