Is this guy a meme?
He does some popularization, but he seems to pride himself on not explaining mathematical concepts in simple language--like an anti-pop sci.
For example, his book , Birth of a Theorem, has pages of raw manuscript with no explanation of what the equations mean.
But then again he dresses like that.
this. once you fit, you look so much better that girls notice and let you eat their pussy.
literally only beta fagtrons do not lift.
He's French, so most likely he's an arrogant douchbag. His faggy hair makes me want to punch his smug face. Also I knew another French guy who's also called Cedric and he was a fucking douche as well.
>dedicate your life to becoming /fit/ so you can eat pussy
>end up doing it for the pleasure of showing off to internet friends
>tfw you'll never eat pussy in your life
what are you talking about, I have his book and he does explain what the equations he writes are. It's just that to understand what he says you kinda need some advanced functional analysis and PDEs.
I met him once. He was doing lectures for my school's math department's week-end.
Outside of his lectures and meals we didn't see him much, I figure he was working in his room.
At some point I asked him for insight about a geometry question but he didn't have much to say about it.
All in all he is an odd person, and he is pretty shy in a way, but he seems like a good guy.
btw, if you care, here is the question I asked him :
So, a guy like you and I, we could wear our underwear for 4 days straight. Because we have 4 different ways to wear it if we turn it inside-out and if put our left leg in the right hole.
How many days straight could a man living in a world of dimension n wear his underwear ?
>he seems to pride himself on not explaining mathematical concepts in simple language--like an anti-pop sci.
I don't really agree here. I have seen him do popsci where he really waxed poetic, but also expository talks for undergrads, grad students and researchers and he really tries to adapt the vocabulary to the audience.
He does sound kind of pompous but I don't think it is a conscious effort, maybe just the way he talks, really.
He seems like a great speaker though: http://youtu.be/zo46TEp6FB8
Also, I have to say that it is really nice that there are people trying to explain to people what math is really about and what mathematicians actually do.
Despite the occasional raising of the French flag when a Fields medal is awarded to one of our boys, France is not exempt from the generalized attitude of defiance towards mathematics.
The guy looks like a Fagatron 3000, and he calls himself a genius
Journey into the Mind of a Genius
7:30PM, Thursday, April 16, 2015
Downstairs at Town Hall
why would you CALL YOURSELF a genius, what a dick
It's not that uninterresting.
It raises the question of what it means to be able to wear your underwear in different ways.
Do you need a diffeomorphism or an isometry.
For instance, it turns out that if you ask your transformation to be a diffeomorphism that is differentiable twice there are only two ways to wear your underwear in dimension more than 4.
I agree that some similar problem, permutations with set conditions in higher dimensions, could be a good mathematical exercise, but you would have to define these set conditions and the concept of a human wearing underwear is not a good way to delve deeper into this type of problem.
Imo, of course
Unlike most meme people that /sci/ masturbates to, he's actually brilliant.