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    Henri Cartan died in Paris on Aug. 13.

    Henri Cartan, a mathematician known for meticulous proofs and for inspiring a revival of mathematics in France after World War II, died in Paris on Aug. 13. He was 104
    http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/25/science/25cartan.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by Plato View Post
    Henri Cartan, a mathematician known for meticulous proofs and for inspiring a revival of mathematics in France after World War II, died in Paris on Aug. 13. He was 104
    http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/25/science/25cartan.html
    I remember a few months ago I posted a happy 104th birthday on this forum for him.
    He was one of the original members of the Bourbaki group.
    I wonder if Alexander Grothendieck was at the funeral?
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    read this interesting interview with Henri Cartan (American Mathematical Society)
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    Notices: What are your memories of
    Grothendieck?
    Cartan: He is an exceptional man, of
    course. He had a great influence on
    some parts of mathematics, notably algebraic
    geometry. His approach was
    something new—though not completely
    new, because at the beginning, for instance,
    he himself was influenced by
    Serre. Grothendieck is a very special
    man. Nobody knows
    Does anybody know why Grothendieck decided to disappear?
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    He is very known to be one of the founders of the Bourbaki group. They published treaties over some subjects (including calculus, analysis, algebra) with methods quite revolutionary. Their books are still quite a reference in France. They wanted to change the way maths were taught and fought against it.

    And his father is well-known too : Élie Cartan, who mostly contributed to the Lie groups if I remember well.

    104 years is a pretty beautiful age.
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    Too add something on the Bourbaki group.
    The Bourbaki group was a reaction against Poincare'.
    They wanted to introduce mathematical formalism.
    You can see this if you read the six volume Bourbaki books.
    They start with Set Theory.
    And build it up from there all the way up to Lie algebra.
    They wish to show how everything is connected to eachother.
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    Another interesting article

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    Mathematical formalism is one of the most beautiful things in the universe. RIP Cartan - be remembered ever.
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