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## Andre Weil(1906 – 1998) One of the greatest and influential French mathematicians of the 20th century. He is known for his foundational work in number theory and algebraic geometry. He was a founding member, and de facto the early leader, of the influential Bourbaki group. The philosopher Simone Weil was his sister. Every mathematician worthy of the name has experienced the state of lucid exaltation in which one thought succeeds another as if miraculously. This feeling may last for hours at a time, even for days. Once you have experienced it, you are eager to repeat it but unable to do it at will, unless perhaps by dogged work. First rate mathematicians choose first rate people, but second rate mathematicians choose third rate people. God exists since mathematics is consistent, and the Devil exists since we cannot prove it. |

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