R.I.P. Israel Moiseevich Gelfand, 1913-2009
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:
- John Baez at the n-category cafe
- Vladimir Dotsenko at être moral, être sincère
- Ben Webster at the Secret Blogging Seminar
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.)