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September 30th, 2017, 11:50 PM   #1
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Vladimir Voevodsky dead at 51

I know this forum doesn't usually do death notices but I hope you'll indulge me. This is sad and shocking news.

Voevodsky won the Fields medal a while back for work relating algebraic topology to algebraic geometry. In the past few years he's turned his attention to foundations. He's been developing alternate foundations of math.

He first announced his work to the general (mathematical) public in a video asking what would happen if the axioms of set theory were inconsistent. He didn't really mean for that to be taken literally, I think it was more of a device to get people's attention. It's an entertaining and informative lecture.

His research project has been to create new foundations called Homotopy Type Theory (HoTT). As I understand it (I know very little) he is building foundations for math based on intuitionist type theory. This is the kind of logic in which we don't accept the law of the excluded middle. It's coming into favor these days through computer science and something called Martin-Löf type theory. Also see Univalent foundations.

The work is being used to develop automated proof software among other things.

Basically he's been leading a research effort to produce the next revolution in foundations, having already won a Fields medal in a completely different area.

And now he's dead at 51. It's very sad.

Here's his death notice from the Institute of Advanced Study where he worked.

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October 1st, 2017, 12:03 AM   #2
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I don't know the field or even what exactly he has contributed, but if it means anything, I think this is worth posting.

The ideas of one man may be shared by many, even after death.
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Read this last interview with Voevodsky,it is clear that he is developping some serious psychotic experiences this was not long before his death maybe the two are related,maybe someone broke his mind so bad he started having hallucinations and religious delusions ,he talks about "the minds" as some non-human entity inhabiting the soul space
Nothing was said at the ias of his struggles with mental illness as he probably refused to be helped ...
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I sent an email to psychiatrist at Harvard medical school and he didn't respond but to me it is certainly as Einsteinfromthegrave said a serious psychotic illness it is not schizophrenia because he was still high functioning (no disorganization) but it's definitely mental illness i'm now sure he commited suicide .
Mental illness is such a taboo and here we see the passing of a great mind due to improper care,i think ias should have a psychiatrist in the same way the cia has theirs.
Kurt Godel had paranoid delusions and he's dead from it and Vladimir Voevodsky had psychosis and he's dead from it,probably.
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