# Edward Frenkel

mathematician working in representation theory, algebraic geometry, and mathematical physics

**Edward Vladimirovich Frenkel** (born May 2, 1968) is a Russian mathematician, Professor of mathematics at University of California, Berkeley, member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and author of the bestselling book *Love and Math*. He is working in representation theory, algebraic geometry, and mathematical physics.

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- In mathematics, it's not a game where the fastest wins. But rather, it's more like who can see farther, who can see deeper. That's the one who achieves more.

- Mathematics allows you to see the invisible.
- Contenta, Sandro. "The Canadian who reinvented mathematics".
*Toronto Star*.

- Contenta, Sandro. "The Canadian who reinvented mathematics".

*Love and Math,* 2013
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Edward Frenkel. *Love and Math: The Heart of Hidden Reality.* 2013.

- We should all have access to the mathematical knowledge and tools needed to protect us from arbitrary decisions made by the powerful few in an increasingly math-driven world. Where there is no mathematics, there is no freedom.
- p. 5

- I was proud of my work with Yakov Isaevich, and he of me. Despite our good relationship, however, I kept my “other” mathematical life – my work with Fuchs and Feigin and all of that – secret from him as I did from most other people. It was as though applied mathematics was my spouse, and pure mathematics was my secret lover.
- p. 139

- People tend to think that mathematicians always work in sterile conditions, sitting around and staring at the screen of a computer, or at a ceiling, in a pristine office. But in fact, some of the best ideas come when you least expect them, possibly through annoying industrial noise.
- p. 145

*Reality is a Paradox* - Lex Fridman Podcast #370, April 2023
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- ... looking back, ... I have not hurt people personally, but ... I could be mean, for instance, I could be harsh. And now I see it as sign of weakness, as a sign of insecurity.
- (April 2023)"Edward Frenkel: Reality is a Paradox - Mathematics, Physics, Truth & Love | Lex Fridman Podcast #370".
*Lex Fridman, YouTube*. (quote at 1:58:46 of 3:46:38 in video)

- (April 2023)"Edward Frenkel: Reality is a Paradox - Mathematics, Physics, Truth & Love | Lex Fridman Podcast #370".

- ... physics, one could say, is in sort of a crisis, in some sense, because of a current gap between the sophisticated theories, which come from applying sophisticated mathematics, and the actual universe. ... I think perhaps new ideas are needed, and I wouldn't be surprised if Witten is one those people who come up with those ideas.