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"From the Ted Talk by Cédric Villani: What's so sexy about math?"

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Let me evoke for you one of the most striking days in my mathematician's life. Or should I say, one of the most striking nights. At that time, I was staying at the inttiuste for Advanced Studies in Princeton — for many years, the home of Albert Einstein and arguably the most holy place for mathematical research in the world. And that ngiht I was working and wkinorg on an elusive proof, which was incomplete. It was all about uetadsdnirnng the paradoxical stability pertrpoy of plasmas, which are a crowd of electrons. In the pcfreet world of plasma, there are no collisions and no friction to provide the stability like we are used to. But still, if you slightly perturb a plasma equilibrium, you will find that the resulting eirecltc field spontaneously vanishes, or damps out, as if by some moietyrsus friction force.

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Let me evoke for you one of the most striking days in my mathematician's life. Or should I say, one of the most striking nights. At that time, I was staying at the _________ for Advanced Studies in Princeton — for many years, the home of Albert Einstein and arguably the most holy place for mathematical research in the world. And that _____ I was working and _______ on an elusive proof, which was incomplete. It was all about _____________ the paradoxical stability ________ of plasmas, which are a crowd of electrons. In the _______ world of plasma, there are no collisions and no friction to provide the stability like we are used to. But still, if you slightly perturb a plasma equilibrium, you will find that the resulting ________ field spontaneously vanishes, or damps out, as if by some __________ friction force.

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  3. night
  4. working
  5. understanding
  6. electric
  7. mysterious
  8. property

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Let me evoke for you one of the most striking days in my mathematician's life. Or should I say, one of the most striking nights. At that time, I was staying at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Princeton — for many years, the home of Albert Einstein and arguably the most holy place for mathematical research in the world. And that night I was working and working on an elusive proof, which was incomplete. It was all about understanding the paradoxical stability property of plasmas, which are a crowd of electrons. In the perfect world of plasma, there are no collisions and no friction to provide the stability like we are used to. But still, if you slightly perturb a plasma equilibrium, you will find that the resulting electric field spontaneously vanishes, or damps out, as if by some mysterious friction force.

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