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This review traces Edward Frenkel’s attempt to convey the excitement of mathematical research to a popular audience. In his expositions and explanations of his own research program, he shows how processes of mathematical discovery depend on the juxtaposition of various iconic and symbolic modes of representation as disparate fields of research are brought together in the service of problem solving. And he shows how crucial the encouragement of various older mathematicians was to his own development, as they guided his choice of problems, and served as inspiration.



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