Professor of mathematics, Ulf Persson, visits the legandary Steklov Institute, the flagship of pure mathematics in the Soviet Union. Russian mathematicians have long inspired awe among their Western colleagues. A second-rate Soviet mathematician was usually considered first-rate by Western standards.
Professor of mathematics at Chalmers University, Gothenburg. Received a PhD at Harvard in 1975 studying algebraic geometry under David Mumford. Former president of the Swedish Mathematical Society. One of the editors of the Newsletter of the European Mathematical Society. Contributes reviews regularly to The Mathematical Intelligencer.