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Gel'fand amazed me by talking of mathematics as though it were poetry. He once said about a long paper bristling with formulas that it contained the vague beginnings of an idea which he could only hint at and which he had never managed to bring out more clearly. I had always thought of mathematics as being much more straightforward: a formula is a formula, and an algebra is an algebra, but Gel'fand found hedgehogs lurking in the rows of his spectral sequences!
Mathematical Notices v. 38, no. 3, March 1991, pp. 185-7.
The Great Calculation According to the Indians, of Maximus Planudes
Maximus Planudes was born around 1255 in Nicomedia and died at Constantinople around 1305. He took the name Maximus, replacing his baptismal name of Manuel, when he became a monk, shortly before 1280. Apart from translating theological and classical works from Latin into Greek - a good knowledge of Latin seems to have been a rarity among the Byzantines - he is best known for his editions and commentaries on Greek poetry and drama, as well as for his training of upcoming scholars, such as Manuel Moschopoulos, who continued the important work of preserving, and ensuring the survival of a number of important Greek works.
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