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Antoni Zygmund
(26 Dec 1900 - 30 May 1992)

Polish-American mathematician.


Science Quotes by Antoni Zygmund (3 quotes)

Concentrate only on the achievements, and ignore the mistakes. When judging a mathematician you should only integrate f+ (the positive part of his function) and ignore the negative part. Perhaps this should apply more generally to all evaluations of your fellow men.
— Antoni Zygmund
On his philosophy of writing letters of recommendation. As given in essay, Ronald Coifman and Robert S. Strichartz, 'The School of Antoni Zygmund', collected in Peter Duren (ed.), A Century of Mathematics in America (1989), 348. The authors acknowledge students of Zygmund provided personal recollections to them for the essay in general. Webmaster speculates the quote is from a student recollection, and not necessarily verbatim.
Science quotes on:  |  Achievement (150)  |  Apply (76)  |  Concentrate (18)  |  Evaluation (7)  |  Function (128)  |  General (156)  |  Ignore (30)  |  Integrate (5)  |  Judge (61)  |  Mathematician (364)  |  Mistake (131)  |  Negative (33)  |  Positive (43)

I think it [the World Series] should be called the World Sequence.
— Antoni Zygmund
As given in essay, Ronald Coifman and Robert S. Strichartz, 'The School of Antoni Zygmund', collected in Peter Duren (ed.), A Century of Mathematics in America (1989), 348. The essay states Zygmund was “walking past a lounge in the University of Chicago that was filled with a loud crowd watching TV, he asked one of his students what was going on. The student told him that the crowd was watching the World Series and explained to him some of the features of this baseball phenomenon. Zygmund thought about it all for a few minutes and commented” with the subject quote above. The authors acknowledge students of Zygmund provided personal recollections to them for the essay in general. Webmaster speculates the quote is from a student recollection, and not necessarily verbatim.
Science quotes on:  |  Call (127)  |  Sequence (41)  |  Think (341)

Mathematics and art are quite different. We could not publish so many papers that used, repeatedly, the same idea and still command the respect of our colleagues.
— Antoni Zygmund
As given in essay, Ronald Coifman and Robert S. Strichartz, 'The School of Antoni Zygmund', collected in Peter Duren (ed.), A Century of Mathematics in America (1989), 348. The comment was made “after passing through several rooms in a museum filled with the paintings of a rather well-known modem painter”. The authors acknowledge students of Zygmund provided personal recollections to them for the essay in general. Webmaster speculates the quote is from a student recollection, and not necessarily verbatim.
Science quotes on:  |  Colleague (23)  |  Command (27)  |  Different (178)  |  Idea (577)  |  Mathematics And Art (3)  |  Paper (82)  |  Publish (33)  |  Repeat (40)  |  Respect (86)  |  Same (155)


See also:
  • 26 Dec - short biography, births, deaths and events on date of Zygmund's birth.
  • Trigonometric Series, by Antoni Zygmund. - book suggestion.

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