Influenced by Rene Thom

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Influenced by Rene Thom
Paul Emmett, Member
Rene Thom's contribution is really enormous. However, it is really I think best appreciated as a way of engaging in rigorous qualitative thought.
It is not designed to create deterministic models, but rather a way of understanding how non-deterministic models evolve in a a rational way.
I had the pleasure of meeting dr. Thom in 1977 at the University of Houston where he gave a colloquium. I was also one of a few graduate students invited to a reception for him at the Dean's house where I was able to engage him on a wide variety of topics. His responses had a great influence in my thinking and confirmed many of my intuitions.
I will always remember his generosity in devoting so much attention to a humble graduate student.



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