Serge Lang

(via Desi Pundit) Serge Lang, passed away this week at Yale. He was 78. The Yale Daily News obituary is here. It was impossible for me to learn Algebra from his book, however I think it is the best reference on the subject and I still refer to it every now and then. I learnt about the Witt vectors while doing Lang’s exercises on Galois Theory. There is a write-up about Lang at Anand’s blog and another blog has a comment/anecdote by James Borger (my former second advisor).

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