Dusa McDuff

A Quote by Dusa McDuff on ideas, mathematics, poetry, and thought

Gel'fand amazed me by talking of mathematics as though it were poetry. He once said about a long paper bristling with formulas that it contained the vague beginnings of an idea which could only hint at and which he had never managed to bring out more clearly. I had always thought of mathematics as being much more straightforward: a formula is a formula, and an algebra is an algebra, but Gel'fand found hedgehogs lurking in the rows of his spectral sequences!

Dusa McDuff

Source: Mathematical Notices v. 38, no. 3, March 1991, pp. 185-7.

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