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Thursday, December 09, 2004

S.S. Chern obituary

Chern was one of those mathematicians whose name I recognize as being considered one of the giants of 20th century mathematics, but only from hearing and seeing his name, not from actually knowing his work. Here's the NYTimes obit:
Shiing-Shen Chern, 93, Innovator in New Geometry, Dies
December 7, 2004
Dr. Shiing-Shen Chern's abstract discoveries about the
twistings of geometric surfaces have found wide use in
physics and mathematics.

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