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I am sorry to report the sad news that Grothendieck has died.

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    $\begingroup$ See also mathoverflow.net/questions/187106/grothendieck-sad-news $\endgroup$ – Gerry Myerson Nov 14 '14 at 11:26
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    $\begingroup$ en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexander_Grothendieck $\endgroup$ – Joel Reyes Noche Nov 14 '14 at 12:36
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    $\begingroup$ Thank you, Groethendieck, for your ideas. You will be unforgettable for a very long time. $\endgroup$ – rschwieb Nov 14 '14 at 14:15
  • $\begingroup$ New York Times obituary, nytimes.com/2014/11/16/world/europe/… $\endgroup$ – Gerry Myerson Nov 17 '14 at 4:04
  • $\begingroup$ I like the New York Times explanation that you have to pronounce "GROAT-en-deek" (which is amusing but perfectly correct). The sentence "Mr. Grothendieck’s work was also a steppingstone to solutions of enigmas famous among mathematicians — the Poincaré conjecture, for instance — but far more arcane" is to say the least ambiguous or, less charitably, completely false. $\endgroup$ – Georges Elencwajg Nov 17 '14 at 13:00
  • $\begingroup$ @GeorgesElencwajg: yes, I noticed that sentence. It seems to achieve the rare feat of being simultaneously false (suggesting Grothendieck's work contributed to solving the Poincare conjecture) and meaningless (because whatever the intended meaning, it should be preserved when the parenthetical part is removed, but here that results in a non-well-formed sentence). Still, at least the NYT honoured him with an obituary, unlike some other "serious" newspapers in the Anglophone world. $\endgroup$ – user64687 Nov 18 '14 at 13:41
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    $\begingroup$ Ah, now that I follow Gerry Myerson's link, I see they have replaced the offending text with something much better: Mr. Grothendieck’s work was also a steppingstone to solutions of other enigmas famous among mathematicians, but far more arcane. Now it is clear what other and more refer to, namely Fermat's Last Theorem (discussed in the preceding paragraph). Well done, NYT! $\endgroup$ – user64687 Nov 18 '14 at 13:43
  • $\begingroup$ Dear @Asal: I am amazed how honestly and competently the NYT edited its article. I don't know many newspapers which would have reacted that way. Well done indeed ! $\endgroup$ – Georges Elencwajg Nov 18 '14 at 14:49

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