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Who are the current greats that will go down as Gods equal to Gauss, Euler, etc.)?

  1. Aug 13, 2011 #1
    Who are the current greats that will go down as "Gods equal to Gauss, Euler, etc.)?

    Each generation of mathematics (dunno how long a generation is) have great mathematicians. Last generation was Hilbert, Poincare, cantor, and prolly 1-2 more. Alot of the works that these mathematicians have done are the building blocks for the mathematics of today. They paved new insight to mathematics.

    My question is, who are the top 5 mathematicians of today that will be listed as the greats equal to the other big names?
     
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  3. Aug 13, 2011 #2

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    Re: Who are the current greats that will go down as "Gods equal to Gauss, Euler, etc.

    Grothendieck, Serre, Connes, Mumford. These are my current mathematical Gods :!!)
     
  4. Aug 13, 2011 #3
    Re: Who are the current greats that will go down as "Gods equal to Gauss, Euler, etc.

    Paul Erdos (not exactly current generation but close); probably Terry Tao if he does more stuff like before but he has a long way to go; of course Grigory Perelman and Andrew Wiles will go down as greats for the individual but very important results; Ed Witten will be like Hilbert or von Neumann if string theory pans out;
     
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