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Karen Uhlenbeck
(24 Aug 1942  )

Science Quotes by Karen Uhlenbeck (6 quotes)
[An appealing problem is] a combination of being fairly concrete—so one can understand concretely examples—and also connecting with a lot of other ideas. For example, you see the analysis in a minimal surface equation, but then you also realize it has connections with other geometric questions that are not just analysis. I am definitely very attracted to the idea that there are a lot of different facets in mathematics and seeing the connections.
— Karen Uhlenbeck
As a child I read a lot, and I read everything. I’d go to the library and then stay up all night reading. I used to read under the desk in school … I read all of the books on science in the library and was frustrated when there was nothing left to read.
— Karen Uhlenbeck
I did some very technical work in partial differential equations, made an unsuccessful pass at shock waves, worked in scale invariant variational problems, made a poor stab at three manifold topology, learned gauge field theory and then some about applications to four manifolds, and have recently been working in equations with algebraic infinite symmetries. I find that I am bored with anything I understand. My excuse is that I am too poor an expositor to want to spend time on formal matters.
— Karen Uhlenbeck
I had intended to major in physics … I could never seem to get the labs to come out right. So I switched to math and have been interested in it ever since.
— Karen Uhlenbeck
One doesn’t really understand what mathematics is until at least halfway through college when one takes abstract math courses and learns about proofs.
— Karen Uhlenbeck
One of the attractions of mathematics … that had a great impact on my choosing a career—I wanted a career where I didn’t have to work with other people … to work in an area where I compete only with myself and didn’t have to deal with the negative aspects of competition.
— Karen Uhlenbeck
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[Karen] Uhlenbeck’s research has led to revolutionary advances at the intersection of mathematics and physics. Her pioneering insights have applications across a range of fascinating subjects, from string theory, which may help explain the nature of reality, to the geometry of spacetime.
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 24 Aug  short biography, births, deaths and events on date of Uhlenbeck's birth.