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The Abel Prize pp 243-270 | Cite as

Carleson for Beginners

  • Tom KörnerEmail author
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Part of the The Abel Prize book series (AP)

Abstract

When I was just beginning as a research student, an older mathematical friend invited me to dine at Trinity. At dessert I was seated next to Littlewood, Hardy’s collaborator and a legendary figure in modern British analysis. With old fashioned politeness, Littlewood set himself out to entertain me. He talked about a recent comet and recalled how fifty years earlier he had viewed Halley’s comet in company with a Trinity fellow who had himself seen its previous visitation. He then spoke about Carleson’s recent proof of the convergence theorem, what a marvellous result it was, how surprising it was that it turned out that Lusin’s conjecture was true, how many people known to him had thought about the problem for a long time without success and how much he regretted being too old to take up the task of understanding the details of the proof.

Mathematics Subject Classification (2000)

00-02 00A15 01A70 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Pure Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics, Centre for Mathematical SciencesUniversity of CambridgeCambridgeUK

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