We are celebrating in France the 250th anniversary of Joseph Fourier, who is relatively little known as a mathematician. He had many activities, including being a Prefect (Governor), published little but a book on the heat theory (The analytical heat theory at E. Britannica, and a translation with notes). There barely is a street name, and meanwhile JPEG or MP3 are directly related, possibly there is a 30% to 50% chance that every-time a computer runs an FFT.

I would be interested in asking a question about Fourier theory, and its interpretation, open questions, and most important messages. But this could become opinion-based quite quick. So:

How appropriate would it be to ask generic questions using celebrations, anniversaries, at the risk of becoming opinion-based?

Additional links (mostly French)

  • $\begingroup$ Appropriateness is typically subjective, so are you asking for opinions on asking for opinions? $\endgroup$ – user28715 Jun 4 '18 at 4:03
  • $\begingroup$ Neither, I asking for opinions instead. Seriously when an unseen occasion appears, one may ask whether it did not appear before. I believe that anniversaries are nice opportunities to glue the community $\endgroup$ – Laurent Duval Jun 6 '18 at 20:04
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    $\begingroup$ Can’t be neither. I don’t think there is a right or wrong answer. If you post something, I will not vote to close it as being off topic. If I were Egyptian, I might have mixed feelings about some who invaded my country. $\endgroup$ – user28715 Jun 6 '18 at 20:28

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