Jonathan Borwein: A giant to me

At the recommendation of Brailley Sims of the University of Newcastle, we invited Jonathan Borwein to visit Thailand in April and May, 2013. Jon, Brailley, and Judith seemed to enjoy the trip very much, as they visited many interesting cities and sites in the area. Jon is so strong that he outran our group on a mountain hike.

To me, Jon is one of the giants of mathematics. But the way he treated me was unbelievable. He gave advice and encouragement during conversations. And the most exciting work he mentioned was his ongoing work in experimental mathematics. I like experimental mathematics, because I believe that doing mathematics alongside with computers tends to make the work relevant and applicable. Thanks to Jon for the inspiration! [Sompong Dhompongsa, Department of Mathematics, Faculty of Science, Chiang Mai University, Thailand]

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