- Peter D. LaxAffiliated withCourant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York University Email author
Like most mathematicians, I became fascinated with mathematics early, about age ten. I was fortunate that my uncle could explain matters that puzzled me, such as why minus times minus is plus—it follows from the laws of algebra.
Mathematics had a deep tradition in Hungary, going back to the epoch-making invention of non-Euclidean geometry by János Bolyai, an Hungarian genius in the early 19th century. To this day, the Hungarian mathematical community seeks out mathematically talented students through contests and a journal for high school students. Winners are then nurtured intensively. I was tutored by Rose Peter, an outstanding logician and pedagogue; her popular book on mathematics, “Playing with Infinity” is still the best introduction to the subject for the general public.
Mathematics Subject Classification (2000)00-02 00A15 01A70
- Book Title
- The Abel Prize
- Book Subtitle
- 2003–2007 The First Five Years
- pp 183-189
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- Springer Berlin Heidelberg
- Copyright Holder
- Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
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- Editor Affiliations
- 111. Department of Mathematical Sciences, Norwegian University of Science and Technology
- 112. Centre of Mathematics for Applications and Department of Mathematics, University of Oslo
- Peter D. Lax (1)
- Author Affiliations
- 1. Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York University, New York, NY, 10012, USA
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