Svetlana Jitomirskaya, the mathematician behind solving quantum physics’ ’10 martini problem’ – BBC News Brasil

  • Margaret Rodriguez
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Ukrainian Svetlana Jitomirskaya is one of the most outstanding mathematicians of our time

A kind of butterfly has attracted the attention of mathematics teacher Svetlana Jitomirskaya for years. And this admiration was one of the factors that led her to delve into a mathematical problem presented in 1981.

“The Hofstadter butterfly is an extremely pleasant object to observe,” he says.

It is the graphic representation of a fractal set, created in the 70s by the American scientist Douglas Hofstadter, who played an important role in quantum mechanics.

But there was one defining point that brought her to this problem: “significant ideas” that she had developed in this field. And he also points out that the conjecture “has a very attractive name.”

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