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poet, critic, novelist, essayist

American mathematician

Harold Calvin Marston Morsewas an American mathematician best known for his work on the calculus of variations in the large, a subject where he introduced the technique of differential topology now known as Morse theory. The Morse-Palais lemma, one of the key results in Morse theory, is named after him, as is the Thue-Morse sequence, an infinite binary sequence with many applications.

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Harold Calvin Marston Morsewas an American mathematician best known for his work on the calculus of variations in the large, a subject where he introduced the technique of differential topology now known as Morse theory. The Morse-Palais lemma, one of the key results in Morse theory, is named after him, as is the Thue-Morse sequence, an infinite binary sequence with many applications.

He was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1929, the United States National Academy of Sciences in 1932, and the American Philosophical Society in 1936. In 1933 he was awarded the Bocher Memorial Prize for his work in mathematical analysis. J. Robert Oppenheimer described Morse as “almost a statesman of mathematics.”

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Mathematics are the result of mysterious powers which no one understands, and which the unconscious recognition of beauty must play an important part. Out of an infinity of designs a mathematician chooses one pattern for beauty’s sake and pulls it down to earth.

Marston MorseAmerican mathematician

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But mathematics is the sister, as well as the servant, of the arts and is touched by the same madness and genius.

Marston MorseAmerican mathematician