My attention has been drawn to the video of Alex Gamburd’s recent talk at the IHP on his joint work with Jean Bourgain and Peter Sarnak. If I had been in town for the workshop, I would probably have attended, in which case I would have been struck, as have many of our colleagues, by Alex’s *couture*. Cédric Villani was not in attendance, but the inevitable comparison to *the Lady Gaga of mathematics* has been recorded. Is Alex the Bryan Ferry of mathematics? Still too many lead singers, not enough of a rhythm section.

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Martin KriegerNot everyone need dress like Dennis Gaitsgory, in a black T-shirt. I don’t think the suit and hand-tied bowtie is a version of Villani. Notice the fashionable suspenders, with the white part in the back, and the white connectors to the buttons on the trousers. This is just formal dress, and having the proper suspenders and a hand-tied bowtie is de rigeur.

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AGTerry Tao is Mozart of Mathematics

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mathematicswithoutapologiesPost authorOn the other hand,

Comme la pomme de Newton ou le bain d’Archimède, la formule qui permet de calculer la somme des termes (les nombres successifs qui composent une suite) a sa petite légende. C’est Carl Friedrich Gauss, le Mozart des Maths, qui a trouvé cette méthode de calcul. Une petite anecdote, citée dans l’éloge funèbre de Wolfgang Sartorius (un géologue allemand), est à l’origine de ce qui est vraisemblablement un mythe:http://sweetrandomscience.blogspot.fr/2012/11/les-mathematiques-des-carres-magiques.html

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https://books.google.fr/books?id=cZe_oEbEedoC&pg=PR8&lpg=PR8&dq=le+mozart+des+maths&source=bl&ots=Xvy-7UXfmj&sig=3MCzXYbBdsXQXYeEow1pOCagYWo&hl=en&sa=X&ei=Ax2SVZWGAcPTU–NkIgC&ved=0CGAQ6AEwCQ#v=onepage&q=le%20mozart%20des%20maths&f=false

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http://bertdo.over-blog.net/article-12186454.html

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http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/discussion/2007/04/09/DI2007040900282.html

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http://www.ug.ru/archive/41438

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https://books.google.fr/books?id=g6AVBQAAQBAJ&pg=PA67&lpg=PA67&dq=%22the+mozart+of+mathematics%22&source=bl&ots=IUY0lR2FkL&sig=xFnWmMdRJ5o5HaC-HmHJQGXF4GE&hl=en&sa=X&ei=Xh6SVaf8GMeuU7ryj8gH&ved=0CEIQ6AEwBQ#v=onepage&q=%22the%20mozart%20of%20mathematics%22&f=false

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http://www.syntropia.de/jnos-bolyai-mozart-mathematik-p-703.html

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http://blogacienciacierta.blogspot.fr/2007/11/ramanujan-el-mozart-de-las-matemticas.html

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http://errataseminentes.blogspot.fr/2006/01/paul-erds.html

What a band! But we’re still waiting for that drummer!

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AGNo worries.

The drummer is Michael Harris.

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mathematicswithoutapologiesPost authorActually, I wouldn’t mind being mistaken for a few of the musicians mentioned in the book, but none of them is a drummer.

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Jon AwbreyI’ve been trying decide whether the middle term between lateral influence and lateral inhibition is lateral anxiety or whether it’s skew or maybe transversal.

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AGIn fact, what is the intended meaning of the “lateral influence”?

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mathematicswithoutapologiesPost authorFrom one field to a neighboring field. I wouldn’t read too much into it.

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Kåre Schou GjaldbækThere is nothing not to love about Alex Gamburd’s style. I think the Brian Ferry comparison is off, though – certainly the Cédric Villani. I’ve always thought of him as the Dr. Who of math. In fact, it is entirely possible that he IS The Doctor.

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Anna Rafaela GamburdPlease welcome Dr. Gagagamburd.

Dr. who?

I beg your pardon. It is Dr. Who, “The Fairy of Mathematics”.

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mathematicswithoutapologiesPost authorNow it turns out that Alex Gamburd may well be the Bulat Okudzhava of mathematics.

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AGI thought perhaps by “lateral influence” you meant this

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=wRRFOGPnaJY

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