Talk:William Thurston

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AMS Book prize[edit]

Bill Thurston won the first AMS Book Prize on 6 January, 2005, for his textbook "Three-dimensional Geometry and Topology". See [1]. Perhaps in 20 years this fact will be sufficiently notable to go in the article. But it isn't yet. Dbenbenn 03:58, 12 Jan 2005 (UTC)

Certainly his other accomplishments dwarf winning the book prize, but the bar for inclusion is not as high as that. --C S (Talk) 11:41, 23 March 2006 (UTC)


Some other accomplishments:

XaosBits (Sat Apr 2 23:41:24 GMT 2005)

Book prize seems notable enough to go under Education and career, best ref is now http://www.ams.org/ams/press/book-thurston.html I've added a short paragraph.

Correct me if I'm wrong but is not Thurston's classification theorem which redirect to Nielsen-Thurston classification the same as the red link geometrization theorem mentioned in the article. --Salix alba (talk) 15:30, 23 March 2006 (UTC)

It's different. The geometrization theorem is a special case of the geometrization conjecture; it applies only to Haken manifolds. Since many 3-manifolds are Haken and Thurston thought that the usage of the Haken hypothesis was rather artificial, that gave him motivation to make the full geometrization conjecture.
The Nielsen-Thurston classification is a classification of surface automorphisms. One has to know and understand this classification to prove Thurston's geometrization theorem for surface bundles over the circle. --C S (Talk) 22:24, 23 March 2006 (UTC)

citing sources[edit]

Would the people who created/edited this article please add source citations for the biographical info mentioned in the article, as per WP:CITE and WP:BLP? Thanks, Nsk92 18:18, 13 September 2007 (UTC)

And is there a reliable Web report of his death? —Tamfang (talk) 17:53, 22 August 2012 (UTC)
The AMS has an announcement here : http://www.ams.org/news?news_id=1602
See also Terry Tao's blog, terrytao.wordpress.com.  :-( 69.228.170.132 (talk) 23:57, 22 August 2012 (UTC)