From Mathematical Physics to Analysis: A Walk in Barry Simon's Mathematical Garden, II

Fritz Gesztesy, Joseph (Yosi) Avron
2016 Notices of the American Mathematical Society  
Admiration I passionately admired Barry in the years that shaped me: he seemed to know everything that was worth knowing, be it math, physics, history, or literature; he could think faster than anyone else I knew; he could write mathematics Barry [is] bigger than life so it read like beautiful poetry, and he did it effortlessly; he was a wonderful teacher who could give a perfectly organized proof of any theorem on the spur of the moment and he could multitask like a superhuman being. Barry was
more » ... bigger than life. He was my idol and has since been an important part of my life. Of Walks and Traces Barry used to visit Israel regularly. He always set up base at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and came for a day or two to give a seminar at the Technion. Barry made his itinerary early, which meant that I had plenty of time to get ready for his visit, which really meant that I had plenty of time to worry what worthwhile observation I had to impress Barry with. Barry's visits were like my annual driving tests: if Barry simply shrugged and lost interest,
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