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Topic: [HM] Weil and sculpture
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David Corfield

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[HM] Weil and sculpture
Posted: Jul 9, 2003 10:36 AM
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I recently asked whether anyone knew of where Andre Weil
likens doing mathematics to a sculptor releasing a form from
a block of hard stone. In his letter to his sister ([1940] in his
Collected Works) he had described forming the axioms of uniform
spaces as like a sculptor building a snowman. It turns out that
he uses the former imagery, which he attributes to Michelangelo,
in an extract of another letter to his sister tacked on to the
previous one in the Works. All is explained here:


http://users.ox.ac.uk/~sfop0076/Towards.htm#analogy

David Corfield






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