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R.I.P. Israel Moiseevich Gelfand, 1913-2009

6 October, 2009

One of the greats of 20th century mathematics, and one who by several accounts was an inspiring figure to others.

Update 07-10-09: missing link reinstated. More information about Gelfand’s achievements and role can be found via the following blog posts and their comment threads:

and no doubt elsewhere. (Unfortunately I can’t read or speak Russian, otherwise I would try to find some links from those who had experience of Gelfand’s seminar.)

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Philip Brooker permalink
    29 October, 2009 9:45 am

    Hi Yemon,
    a search for ‘Gelfand’ on Tanya Khovanova’s blog ( ) yields a few stories relating to Gelfand and his seminar. One specifically on (one particular aspect of) the seminar is ‘The Designated Listener’ at

    • 29 October, 2009 9:54 am

      Thanks Phil. I’ve been meaning to collate some more links since writing this post, so if I do manage an update that will definitely go in.

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