Professor Niky Kamran, McGill University, Montreal, Canada, responds to the New Yorker article

September, 2006

Dear Mr. Cooper,

I was very disturbed by the offensive and slanderous way in which Professor Shing-Tung Yau was treated in the article "Manifold Destiny" published in the New Yorker magazine.

I have had the privilege of collaborating in research with Professor Yau since 1998. During this time, I have had ample opportunity to witness how exceptionally generous and giving he is towards his students and colleagues, and how fair he is in not only giving due credit to the contributions of others, but also in promoting them. The level and impact of Professor Yau's contributions to mathematics continue to be tremendous, and the assertion made in the article to the effect that his research has been in decline is simply ridiculous. To cite but one example, I would like to mention the spectacular results I heard Yau present at Stanford in May on the construction of non-Kaehler complex manifolds solving the supersymmetric Strominger equations in string theory. The depth and significance of this work alone makes it absolutely manifest that the claim made in the article is completely unfounded. There are many more examples that I could add to the one that I just mentioned.


Niky Kamran
Professor of Mathematics
McGill University
Montreal, Canada