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Alexander Stepanov


Computer scientist and the key person behind the C++ Standard Template Library.
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Alexander Stepanov
Putting it simply, STL is the result of a bacterial infection.
Stepanov quotes
I discovered the works of Euler and my perception of the nature of mathematics underwent a dramatic transformation. I was de-Bourbakized, stopped believing in sets, and was expelled from the Cantorian paradise. I still believe in abstraction, but now I know that one ends with abstraction, not starts with it. I learned that one has to adapt abstractions to reality and not the other way around. Mathematics stopped being a science of theories but reappeared to me as a science of numbers and shapes.
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