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Renowned Mathematician Vladimir Arnold Dies at 73

June 8, 2010

Wide-ranging mathematician Vladimir Igorevich Arnold died on June 3, 2010, a few days short of his 73rd birthday.

Arnold's mathematical achievements spanned dynamical systems, singularity theory, real algebraic geometry, symplectic geometry, mechanics, and hydrodynamics. In Arnold's view, separate fields of mathematics are united by common questions arising from the physical world, which can be tackled by methods from differential equations, geometry, and topology.

Arnold is associated with seminal results in mathematics: the KAM (Kolmogorov-Arnold-Moser) theory; the Arnold-Liouville theorem; the Arnold conjecture in symplectic geometry; and Arnold's chord conjecture in contact geometry (recently proved by Hutchings and Taubes). He also had a profound influence through his books, notably Mathematical Methods of Classical Mechanics, his forceful personality and sense of humor, and his students.

Source: The Windsor Star (June 4, 2010)

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