31 December 2014

Take this, Vladimir Vladimirovich

Russian mathematician Dmitry Kaledin (Steklov Mathematical Institute, Moscow, Russia) has more guts than the legion of Putin's ass-lickers, engulfed by the murky wave of their patriotic fervor, have ever had together. Here is an excerpt from his paper on Mackey profunctors (whatever it means):

Acknowledgements. A large part of this work was done in April 2014, during my visit to J. Dieudonne Laboratory of the University of Nice-Sophia Antipolis, with its wonderful people and great working atmosphere. I am very grateful to E. Balzin and C. Simpson for setting up the visit, and for many useful discussions. In fact, the only distractions during my visit were continuous news about my home country behaving as a fascist state it has become, reaching new lows each week. I am grateful to the people of Ukraine for their courage and humanity, since this is the only thing that stands between us and complete darkness, and I wish them total victory in the struggle against their barbarian neighbor.
This is extraordinary, and my only regret is that there are not enough courageous people like Dr Kaledin today in Russia.

Here is a snapshot of the page where the acknowledgement appears (click on it to enlarge):

Hat Tip: G.S.

P.S. The post will be removed if it appears harmful in any way to Dr Kaledin.


peterthehungarian said...

Congress of the Soviet mathematicians in 1951 in Moscow:
The president of the congress: "Comrades I have the honor to inform you that Comrade Stalin after a very long and scientific research arrived to the revolutionary result: 2x2=5!"
Huge storm of applause by the audience.
After the longish celebration a little bespectacled Jew raises his hand and getting the right to speak says: "Comrade Stalin is correct naturally, but I would suggest to work further on this thesis to the enlightenment of all of us and demonstrate the antagonism between the counting 4 stones and his extraordinary discovery."
Immediately two huge guards take him away.
Twenty years after in 1971 the same congress and the same president: Comrades I have the honor to inform you that Comrade Brezhnev after a very long and scientific research arrived to the revolutionary result: 2x2=3!"

Huge applause as usual, then the same bespectacled Jew lifts his hands again. He is much older, His ears are frost nipped, some of his fingers are missing. Immediately two young Komsomolist students seated on both sides say him: Comrade do you want to make 2x2 equal 5 again!?

SnoopyTheGoon said...

Yep. Indeed.

BHCh said...


BHCh said...

According to Wiki, he was close to Dugin in the 90s. Dugin is a good example of Russian fascism. Their paths must have diverted...


SnoopyTheGoon said...

Yes, this text of his doesn't belong to a typical Russian ultra-nationalist repertoire. Whatever he was believing in before is not what he thinks now.

Akaky said...

Combinatorics? Does that have something to do with fixing those big wheat harvesting thingies?

Dick Stanley said...

Have a great 2015, y'all!

SnoopyTheGoon said...

As far as I know, it could be related, yes ;-)

SnoopyTheGoon said...

Thanks Dick, and same to you and yours.