Some links of mathematical interest that I’ve recently run across:
- The life and work of Alexander Grothendieck is one of the great stories of modern mathematics. Winfried Scharlau’s first volume of a biography of Grothendieck, covering the years up to 1948 is now available in English, see here. The third volume, covering Grothendieck’s life after 1970 is only available in German, see here. Leila Schneps is writing a second volume, covering his life and mathematics during the height of his career, from 1948-1970, with chapters appearing as they are written on this page. She is now up to 1952.
The same page contains links to various wonderful articles about Grothendieck’s mathematics, many by mathematicians who interacted with Grothendieck during his period of greatest mathematical activity.
- Cédric Villani joins other Fields Medalists with blogs, see here. Villani has just published in France a memoir called Théorème Vivant, a mix of autobiography and description of a collaboration on a mathematics problem. More about the book here, here and here, with a video here.
- Many of the talks given at this summer’s String-Math 2012 conference are now available as slides or video, see here.