“We have many ways to connect to infinity: through art, through poetry, through love. But mathematics gives us perhaps the most cerebral and logical way to connect to the infinite.”
The global financial crisis, Frenkel argues, was sparked in substantial part by improper use of mathematical models by financial institutions. More generally, in his view, financial professionals and clients alike have much to gain by taking a greater interest in math—and…
Interview in the largest Brazilian weekly VEJA (with the English translation):”William Blake wrote: ‘If the doors of perception were cleansed every thing would appear to man as it is, Infinite.’ When I was 15, I met a mathematician, a friend of my…
“He’s surely the first mathematician to appear nude on film, as he does in a silent short movie he co-directed and starred in. It’s called “Rites of Love and Math,” and Frenkel plays a mathematician who discovers the mathematical formula for love….
Edward Frenkel talks about a math puzzle that inspired him as a child and about Gödel’s incompleteness theorem in a New York Times column Numberplay
Interview with the Economist: “If Leo Tolstoy had not lived we would never have known Anna Karenina. However, if Pythagoras had not lived, someone else would have discovered exactly the same Pythagoras theorem. Moreover, that theorem means the same to us…
The way mathematics is taught is akin to an art class in which students are only taught how to paint a fence and are never shown the paintings of the great masters. When, later on in life, the subject of mathematics…
Conversation between artist Terry Winters and mathematician Edward Frenkel in the PURPLE Fashion magazine
Here at Berkeley, when I give a lecture I try to expose students to the beauty and power of mathematics, try to show them the big picture, try to show them what mathematics is really good for, to connect it to reality….
Beauty has always been a guiding principle in science and mathematics. Some even go as far as saying that beauty is more important. The great mathematician Hermann Weyl once said: “My work always tried to unite the truth with the beautiful,…
Quantum mechanics has demonstrated that the “real” world we inhabit is an illusion. At the sub-atomic level, where matter, space and time can only be expressed as probabilities, there is nothing that is genuinely substantive—except math.
When people ask what do you do, you tell them… ? I tell them I am a mathematician and brace for their reaction. This is like a litmus test: will a sign of curiosity appear on their faces, or will they…
Edward Frenkel wants you to understand mathematics so economists, bankers, corporations, and intelligence agencies can’t manipulate you anymore.
“There is room for the spiritual in math, just as there is room for magic,”says Frenkel. “And I want us all to awaken to this hidden reality.”
This interview on KALW, San Francisco affiliate of NPR, started out with the question “What’s it like to be a mathematician?” but ended up being mostly about “What’s it like to be human?”
Dans l’ouvrage Amour et Maths (Flammarion), Edward Frenkel se propose de nous faire partager sa passion pour cette discipline en explorant tous ses secrets. Chercheur génial et iconoclaste, il parvient à nous faire toucher du doigt la fulgurante beauté des mathématiques,…
Non-Euclidean geometry and clock arithmetic might not be the first things that come to mind when you think “patriotism,” but Edward Frenkel, a mathematician at the University of California at Berkeley, says a well-educated public is essential to democracy—and that includes…
Edward Frenkel, Professor of Mathematics at the UC at Berkeley, and author of Love and Math, celebrates Pi Day – it’s 3.14 after all. Frenkel explains why the irrational number that goes on and on and on… is beautiful and elegant.
As Edward Frenkel sees it, the way we teach math in schools today is about as exciting as watching paint dry. So it’s not surprising that when he brings up the fact that he’s a mathematician at dinner parties, the eyes…
In love with the art of mathematics. Mathematician Edward Frenkel discusses the Langlands programme, the GUT of maths, and says maths has the same beauty as poetry, literature and fine art.
“When I was 15 years old, I also thought math was the a stale and boring subject, but I was lucky: I found a portal into the magic world of mathematics, through a friend of my family, who showed me the…
Imagine a world without algebra. We can hear the sound of school children applauding. What practical use are parametric equations and polynomials, anyway? Even some scholars argue that algebra is the Latin of today, and should be dropped from the mandatory…
“It’s enough for this to happen once: You have to solve a mathematical problem in front of your class. It does not work. You feel stupid. A nightmare.”
Video interview (in English) with Portuguese newspaper Observador
Interview with the Portuguese newspaper O Público
Interview with the Portuguese newspaper Expresso
Interview with the Turkish newspaper Cumhuriyet
Interview with the Portuguese TV channel TVI about math education and more
Interview with the Spanish website El Confidential about math, economic crisis, and transhumanism
Interview with the Brazilian newspaper Valor Econômico together with the English translation.
The bestselling author Edward Frenkel talks in a new book about his passion for formulas — and about the hard times in his native Russia.
Recently, the autobiography of the mathematician Edward Frenkel has been published in German. The scientist recounts how he defied anti-Semitism in the Soviet Union and made a storybook career in America.
“It was like the first kiss.” For the Russian mathematician Edward Frenkel, this was the feeling he had at 17, when he could solve, after months of work, a problem that no one could solve before.
A star of Berkeley tells his story, in a book and in videos.
Russian mathematician Edward Frenkel loves his subject, which he calls eternal and divine. But when he has free time, he spends it in Ibiza.