To Jean Bourgain
Who makes a paper every week,
and every month a new technique,
and founds new branches every year,
and does not know the sense of fear?
And legends—whom d'you hear about?
And if you met him you'd be proud.
Of course, he made his early traces
in the romantic Banach spaces,
and he obtained his glory there,
and after that went everywhere.
And everybody is excited
and says he's almost always cited,
you read a paper and again:
you see the name of Jean Bourgain!