Abel Prize

The hardest science has the softest forms. Mathematics is often seen as a growing body of definitions, axioms, formulas, and theorems, all fitted together with the greatest precision. Each new proof adds extra cross-bars and...

This therefore, is mathematics: she reminds you of the invisible forms of the soul; she gives light to her own discoveries; she awakens the mind and purifies the intellect; she brings light to our intrinsic ideas; she abolishes oblivion and...

Freedom is a powerful incentive to do the best we can. As I can attest from examples in my own work, it sometimes leads to dead ends, but that is a small price to pay.