torkel franzén is dead

Looking back over fifteen years of Usenetting, I gratefully recall one man selflessly expending his time and effort on making it a better place. Torkel’s learned and benevolent presence single-handedly made up for a myriad ephemeral and persistent sophistical frauds striving to overwhelm our forum with self-serving nonsense. I am proud to have benefitted from his learning and character.
    Torkel Franzén earned his PhD in philosophy in 1987 for work on provability and truth, available online and in hard copy in the imprint of Acta Universitatis Stockholmiensis, deposited at university libraries worldwide. He was a world-class expert on incompleteness and inexhaustibility and an able and tireless expositor of the use and abuse of Gödel’s Incompleteness Theorems. Torkel will be remembered and celebrated for his incisive contributions to logic and his magnanimous bestowals of honesty and wisdom in public discourse. My condolences for this untimely loss go out to his friends and family.

4 thoughts on “torkel franzén is dead”

  1. Очень жаль.

    Только пару дней назад я читал его статью в номере AMS Notices, посвященном Геделю.

    Хорошо помню все беседы с ним, что у меня были, и по поводу теорем Геделя, и по поводу литературного перевода. Очень, очень жаль.

    1. Torkel caused me to change my mind in several matters of our conversations. I regard this as a healing experience.
          With respect to each speaker, at any given stage in his life, there are only two kinds of interlocutors: ones who at best beg to be healed, howsoever unwittingly or unwillingly, and the others who are capable of healing, even be it unintentionally or unwelcomely. In my not altogether unwarranted arrogance, I cherish the all too rare opportunities for interacting with the latter kind. I am saddened by its significant and irremediable diminution through Torkel’s untimely demise.

  2. Torkel Franzén

    Thank you very much for those remarks about Torkel Franzen. I only knew him from his books and posts, but he left a great personal impression on me. Aside from his exemplary explanations of mathematics, he impressed me as having a deep and very individualistic sense of life and humanity. I miss him.


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