- Oct 18, 2015
On their first meeting, Szegő was so astounded with the boy's mathematical talent that he was brought to tears.
He made major contributions to a number of fields, including mathematics (foundations of mathematics,functional analysis, ergodic theory, geometry, topology, and numerical analysis), physics (quantum mechanics,hydrodynamics and quantum statistical mechanics),economics (game theory), computing (Von Neumann architecture, linear programming, self-replicating machines, stochastic computing), and statistics.
He was a pioneer of the application of operator theoryto quantum mechanics, in the development of functional analysis, and a key figure in the development of game theory and the concepts of cellular automata, the universal constructor and the digital computer. He published 150 papers in his life: 60 in pure mathematics, 20 in physics, and 60 in applied mathematics.