* Grothendieck tells you how to solve every problem.* - John L. Rhodes

Grothendieck revealed the importance of covering in algebra. Philosophically, the set of all covers encodes every possible way of thinking about, unraveling, and understanding an algebraic structure.

The French mathematician extended
the work of Weil & Zariski, revolutionized our understanding
of algebraic geometry and homological algebra, and introduced *K*-theory.
He was awarded the Fields Medal in 1966.
The importance of his ideas for mathematics is only beginning to be
felt.

More Links:

- THE QUEST FOR GROTHENDIECK by Roy Lisker, Ferment Press.
- Fields Medals & Nevalinna Prizes, History of Mathematics: Fields Medals
- Alexandre GROTHENDIECK (photos of 1966 Fields Medalists)
- MetaCrawler search on "Grothendieck"
- À propos d'Alexandre Grothendieck
- Grothendieck Biography

Document by C. Nehaniv, February 2, 1996

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