Sir Michael Atiyah was a British-Lebanese mathematician, a Fields’ medalist, and Abel prize winner (with Isadore Singer). He was professor of mathematics at Edinburgh University.
Michael Atiyah, Characters and cohomology of finite groups, Publications Mathématiques de l’IHÉS, Volume 9 (1961) , p. 23-64 (numdam)
Michael Atiyah, Friedrich Hirzebruch, Vector bundle and homogeneous spaces, Proc. Sympos. Pure Math., Vol. III, American Mathematical Society, Providence, R.I., 1961, 3, 7–38 (pdf)
Michael Atiyah, Graeme Segal, Equivariant $K$-theory and completion, J. Differential Geom. Volume 3, Number 1-2 (1969), 1-18. (Euclid)
Michael Atiyah, John David Stuart Jones, Topological aspects of Yang-Mills theory, Comm. Math. Phys. Volume 61, Number 2 (1978), 97-118 (arXiv:1103904210)
Michael Atiyah, N S Manton, Skyrmions from instantons, Phys. Lett. B, 222(3):438–442, 1989 (doi:10.1016/0370-2693(89)90340-7)
Michael Atiyah, Robbert Dijkgraaf, Nigel Hitchin Geometry and physics, Phil. Trans. R. Soc. A 2010 368, doi: 10.1098/rsta.2009.0227 (pdf)
Michael Atiyah, Nicholas Manton, Complex Geometry of Nuclei and Atoms (arXiv:1609.02816)
(patterns in the characteristic classes (Chern classes) of complex surfaces, together with some speculations about an anlogy with atomic number of atomic nuclei)
The aim of theory really is, to a great extent, that of systematically organizing past experience in such a way that the next generation, our students and their students and so on, will be able to absorb the essential aspects in as painless a way as possible, and this is the only way in which you can go on cumulatively building up any kind of scientific activity without eventually coming to a dead end.
(M.F. Atiyah, “How research is carried out”, Bull. IMA., 10:232–234, 1974)
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