Birth of a Theorem
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What is it like to be a 'rock-star mathematician' praised by Patti Smith? How does an inspired mathematical idea become a published article? Cedric Villani received a Fields Medal in 2010 for his work on Landau damping and the Boltzmann equation; here he looks back at the development of this research, presenting emails exchanged with his collaborator Clement Mouhot and setting his academic work in the context of his everyday life.