Tuesday, December 09, 2014
The Father of Motives
With the passing of Alexander Grothendieck, there is much discussion comparing him to Einstein in the mathematics world. I think it would be more fitting to compare him to Riemann, whose differential geometry made General Relativity possible. Of course, this is meant in a future tense as it is extremely likely Grothendieck's Motives will play a central role in the nonperturbative completion of M-theory.