Monday, October 12, 2009

The art of failing : SERRE

Jean-Pierre Serre (born 15 September 1926) is a French mathematician in the fields of algebraic geometry, number theory and topology. He has received numerous awards and honors for his mathematical research and exposition, including the Fields Medal in 1954 and the Abel Prize in 2003.

From 1959 onward Serre's interests turned towards number theory, in particular class field theory and the theory of complex multiplication.

Amongst his most original contributions were: the concept of algebraic K-theory; the Galois representation theory for ℓ-adic cohomology and the conceptions that these representations were "large"; and the Serre conjecture on mod-p representations that made Fermat's last theorem a connected part of mainstream arithmetic geometry.

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