Talk:Vladimir Arnold

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Can someone add the Russian gloss? -- Kaihsu 21:03, 2004 Feb 10 (UTC)

A link to the "opinions found on the web" would also be nice.

Stalinist USSR?[edit]

Arnold was 16 in 1953 (the year of Stalin's death), so saying that his career began in Stalinist USSR is not quite accurate. (nor do I really see a reason to add word Stalinist to every mention of USSR, even in places where it has nothing to do with the subject of the article)

Food for thought.[edit]

1., Didn't Mr. Arnold had a serious accident with head injury recently?

2., Some hungarian engineers have just succeeded in constructing in clay a homogenous body having exactly 1 stable and 1 metastable/unstable position of equilibrium, which practically proves Arnold's unlikely conjecture that (1,1) bodies do exist in 3D. They now have to find a good approximative polyeder, which is predicted to have thousands of sides. Suprising similarity to some turtles' shells. Supposedly article is now in print in the Mathematical Intelligencer journal.

Photo is here: http://index.hu/cikkepek/0701/tech/teknos.JPG —The preceding unsigned comment was added by 195.70.32.136 (talk) 16:49, 24 January 2007 (UTC).

Yes: Professor Arnold did have a serious accident. Dharma6662000 (talk) 18:10, 23 August 2008 (UTC)
As for 2, see Gömböc.Kope (talk) 18:20, 23 August 2008 (UTC)

Hilbert's thirteenth problem[edit]

I would like opinions about some possible issues on this article.

I wanted to find a reference for this passage: "While a student of Andrey Kolmogorov at Moscow State University and still a teenager, Arnold showed in 1957 that any continuous function of several variables can be constructed with a finite number of two-variable functions, thereby partially solving Hilbert's thirteenth problem.", and so I searched for one on Google Books, but I couldn't find any, and that's because all sources I have found there don't mention "partially" – they say he solved it, completely, without this "partially". For example: https://books.google.com/books?id=SpTv44Ia-J0C&pg=PA5 , https://books.google.com/books?id=GHFtMc9NTkYC&pg=PA130 , https://books.google.com/books?id=dx9yxsRUgtAC&pg=PA55 and https://books.google.com/books?id=iQPjBQAAQBAJ&pg=PA262 .

So, what can I do? Should I modify the page or should I leave it there without references or mark for "citation needed"?

Unfortunately, If he solved it completely or only partially I'm not able to judge by myself.

Sorry for my bad English.

P.S. Another thing, https://tools.wmflabs.org/xtools-articleinfo/index.php?article=Vladimir_Arnold&lang=en&wiki=wikipedia#maintenance says that the passage "at the beginning of the school year, when he usually was formulating new problems" may contain a grammatical error. To me it looks right, but I'm not sure about it.

Sincerely, Анна Лаура Коновалова (talk) 08:20, 19 February 2015 (UTC)

Well, from a quick look at the article's history, Lambiam wrote the original text in 2007 as "thereby solving Hilbert's thirteenth problem",[1] but an edit done in 2011 by 71.87.161.138 changed the original text (without saying why) to the present form, "thereby partially solving Hilbert's thirteenth problem".[2]. IMHO, since you found many sources to back up the original assertion and none for the modified one, just go ahead and edit the article as described in the policies WP:NOR and WP:VER. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 189.6.197.251 (talk) 12:24, 20 February 2015 (UTC)

Vladimir "Igorevich" Arnold?[edit]

These edits here and here don't seem to be supported by a source. However, this user's edit summary on his reversion (here) suggest that a source does. I looked through the first one referenced closest to the article summary on this person here (Translated to English using Google Translate) does not reference a middle name... Assuming good faith and posting my concerns here.

Pinging Cy7caersek - Do you mind pointing me in the correct direction? Did I search the wrong source? I'm putting my thoughts in this talk page to voice my concerns. If you're correct and I didn't look at the right source, please let me know. ~Oshwah~ (talk) (contribs) 05:29, 20 May 2015 (UTC)

First, I want to say that it's very good that you are watching this page. Thank you. But please take more care when you revert the edits of others. Please take a look at reference number 3 (the first to be cited after the sentence in question). It may take a lot of time to load the PDF, so if you are in a hurry you can paste the URL at Google and look at the cache. Cy7caersek (talk) 05:34, 20 May 2015 (UTC)
Hi, Cy7caersek. Thanks for responding and for pointing out the source that I missed. I took at look at the source you pointed-out, and there it is :-) - Please accept my sincere apologies; I didn't see a source provided with your edits and I should have taken the time to check the already-existing sources on the article before simply reverting. It's a pleasure to meet you, and I appreciate you for taking the time to point out where I went wrong. I appreciate the feedback and I will take it as a learning opportunity :-) ~Oshwah~ (talk) (contribs) 10:00, 20 May 2015 (UTC)

People bilingual in Russian/English could help[edit]

Hi. How to find an editor bilingual in Russian/English and that has very good knowledge of mathematics and is good with Internet searches to find hot sources in Russian? Arnold was a celebrity in Russia, and our article could be improved a lot by using more of the many available sources in his mother tongue. 189.6.192.69 (talk) 07:04, 20 May 2015 (UTC)

Hi! You could try contacting mathematical editors from the Russian Wikipedia. But I doubt that it is going to be easy to convince them to edit the English Wikipedia (because of the American–Russian rivalry). ;) Btw, sometimes Google Translate can be of help. Cy7caersek (talk) 07:23, 20 May 2015 (UTC)