Professor Vitali Milman

Department of Mathematics
University of Tel Aviv
Schreiber Building, Room 334
Tel: +972 (0)3 640 9602
Fax: +972 (0)3 642 7187
Email: milman@post.tau.ac.il

1976

 


Past The Stage of Curiosity
(Painted by Jan Rauchwerger)

Present The Stage of Thinking
(Painted by Jan Rauchwerger; 1989)

Future The Stage of Understanding

"There are several stages in the development of human knowledge, which are repeated in all small (and even smaller) components, in the directions we discover, in problems and questions we ask and try to solve. First, we are just curious . At this stage we ask natural questions (which are not necessary "good" questions). However, these ``natural" questions force us to start to think about the subject; they slowly prepare us for the next stage. We then begin to think about the subject and our questions become much less ``natural", they become deeper and less predictable, and the answers we accumulate begin to piece together a puzzle. But the picture is not yet complete. The next stage is understanding , and later on there is knowing . Only at the end, do we finally possess our knowledge: we may use it, we may apply it, but, in fact, more than that, we possess it."

The pictures above represent: The Past: "a la" (typical) Fayum portrait (which shows a person from about 2.000 years ago). The Present: a (hopefully typical) modern person. As in almost any portrait of the last 500 years, we clearly recognize "the stage of thinking", and not just "curiousity". The Future: this is the only portrait I found (of course, of Leonardo) which reflect not only "thinking" but already an "understanding". It gives us the hope that we are getting "there", to that stage.

 

P u b l i c a t i o n s
 Articles
 Books
 Surveys

 

C u r r i c u l u m   V i t a e
 Curriculum Vitae
 Curriculum Vitae (Short Version)

 

U s e f u l   L i n k s
  GAFA Seminar
  GAFA Journal
  GAFA Accepted Papers
  Visions in Mathematics
  The concentration phenomenon and topological groups
  Thematic Programme on Asymptotic Geometric Analysis
  From Russian Mathematics to Israeli Mathematics
  Today I am 70 (in Russian)
  Lydia Mandel - Painter ; my story (in Russian)
  Students

 

C o n f e r e n c e s
 Asymptotic Geometric Analysis, June, 2005

 

C o u r s e s
 Introduction to Hilbert Space and Operator Theory
 An introduction to Functional Analysis
 Asymptotic Convex Geometry
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