Grothendieck and J.D. Salinger

It's hardly original to call Grothendieck the Pynchon or Salinger of mathematics (read for example Sam Leith's 'the Einstein of maths' http://goo.gl/Ddk79m), yet the biography  of J.D. (http://goo.gl/RpV8Ik, a new-year's present from my father) almost reads like a copy/paste of A.G.'s life...

- both were damaged by WW2 experiences
- both opted out at the height of their success 
- both kept on writing in seclusion
- both are said to have left a secret treasure
- both left a trail of failed relationships (wives, lovers and children)
- both turned to religion
- both had dietary problems
- etc. etc.

Try to substitute 'Grothendieck' for 'Salinger' (and 'EGA' for 'Catcher in the Rye') in this trailer of the documentary film on which David Shields and Shane Salerno's book is based...

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