Description : The Unreal Life of Oscar Zariski records the life of Oscar Zariski that is based upon Carol Parikh's interviews with his family, colleagues, students, and his own memories from tape-recorded interviews conducted before his death in 1986. This book describes Oscar Zariski's work in mathematics that perpetually altered the foundations of algebraic geometry. The powerful tools he forged from the ideas of algebra allowed him to penetrate classical problems with a clarity and depth that brought a rigor to the way algebraic geometers carry out proofs. The strength of his work was matched by his forcefulness as a teacher, and the students he trained at Johns Hopkins and later at Harvard have made essential contributions to many areas of mathematics. This publication is beneficial to students and researchers interested in Oscar Zariski’s life and work in mathematics.
Description : Oscar Zariski’s work in mathematics permanently altered the foundations of algebraic geometry. The powerful tools he forged from the ideas of modern algebra allowed him to penetrate classical problems with an unaccustomed depth, and brought new rigor to the intuitive proofs of the Italian School. The students he trained at Hopkins, and later at Harvard, are among the foremost mathematicians of our time. While what he called his “real life” is recorded in almost a hundred books and papers, this story of his “unreal life” is based upon Parikh’s interviews with his family, colleagues, and students, and on his own memories from a series of tape-recorded interviews made a few years before his death in 1986. First published in 1991, The Unreal Life of Oscar Zariski was highly successful and widely praised, but has been out of print for many years. Springer is proud to make this book available again, introducing Oscar Zariski to a new generation of mathematicians.
Description : Oscar Zariski's work in mathematics permanently altered the foundations of algebraic geometry. The powerful tools he forged from the ideas of modern algebra allowed him to penetrate classical problems with an unaccustomed depth, and brought new rigor to the intuitive proofs of the Italian School. The students he trained at John Hopkins, and later at Harvard, are among the foremost mathematicians of our time. While what he called his "real life" is recorded in almost a hundred books and papers, this story of his "unreal life" is based upon Parikh's interviews with his family, colleagues, and students, and on his own memories from a series of tape-recorded interviews made a few years before his death in 1986. First published in 1991, The Unreal Life of Oscar Zariski was highly successful and widely praised, but has been out of print for many years. Springer is proud to make this book available again, introducing Oscar Zariski to a new generation of mathematicians. About this book: "I want to express my appreciation to you for having penetrated so deeply into the many-faceted aspects of a complex and mercurial life." - Yole Zariski, Oscar Zariski's wife "...an attractive book that recreates one of the great mathematical personalities of our century. Both mathematicians and nonspecialists will enjoy it." - Doru Stefanescu, Mathematical Reviews "Carol Parikh's perceptive narrative of the life of Oscar Zariski, the man, is based on his own recollections tape recorded a few years before his death, and on the author's extensive interviews with his family, colleagues, and students. Here we learn of his birth in a Jewish settlement in eastern Poland, high school in Russia, university in Rome, and maturity in the United States...We see his development as a mathematician in the context of the people around him. We see his humanity in his love for his family and the care he devoted to his students...All this and more in Carol Parikh's prize-winning English prose make this book a delight to read." - Robin Hartshorne, American Mathematical Monthly
Description : In the twentieth century, American mathematicians began to make critical advances in a field previously dominated by Europeans. Harvard's mathematics department was at the center of these developments. A History in Sum is an inviting account of the pioneers who trailblazed a distinctly American tradition of mathematics--in algebraic geometry, complex analysis, and other esoteric subdisciplines that are rarely written about outside of journal articles or advanced textbooks. The heady mathematical concepts that emerged, and the men and women who shaped them, are described here in lively, accessible prose. The story begins in 1825, when a precocious sixteen-year-old freshman, Benjamin Peirce, arrived at the College. He would become the first American to produce original mathematics--an ambition frowned upon in an era when professors largely limited themselves to teaching. Peirce's successors transformed the math department into a world-class research center, attracting to the faculty such luminaries as George David Birkhoff. Influential figures soon flocked to Harvard, some overcoming great challenges to pursue their elected calling. A History in Sum elucidates the contributions of these extraordinary minds and makes clear why the history of the Harvard mathematics department is an essential part of the history of mathematics in America and beyond.
Description : In September 1997, the Working Week on Resolution of Singularities was held at Obergurgl in the Tyrolean Alps. Its objective was to manifest the state of the art in the field and to formulate major questions for future research. The four courses given during this week were written up by the speakers and make up part I of this volume. They are complemented in part II by fifteen selected contributions on specific topics and resolution theories. The volume is intended to provide a broad and accessible introduction to resolution of singularities leading the reader directly to concrete research problems.
Description : In this charming memoir, a renowned mathematician and winner of the American Book Award traces his career in mathematics from early lessons in horse racing and the realities of life to his adventures on the lecture circuit. A thought-provoking mix of autobiography, history, and insights into the role of mathematics in everyday life, this highly ent
Description : The book contains the round table reports of the first European Congress of Mathematics, a new feature of this Congress devoted to furthering the contribution of mathematics to society and reporting on its interaction with the exact and social sciences. Topics: • Mathematics and the general public • Women and mathematics • Mathematics and educational policy • Let's cultivate mathematics! • Mathematical Europe: Myth or historical reality? • Philosophie des mathématiques : pourquoi ? comment ? • Mathématiques et sciences sociales • Mathe- matics and industry • Degree harmonization and student exchange programmes • The Pythagoras programme • Collaboration with devel- oping countries • Mathematical libraries in Europe • Mathematics and economics • Mathématiques et Chimie • Mathematics in medicine and biology. This book is also available in hardcover as Volume 121 of the series Progress in Mathematics, where it forms part of the three-volume set First European Congress of Mathematics. Volumes I (Invited Lectures Part 1) and II (Invited Lectures Part 2) of this set are also available separately as Volumes 119 and 120, respectively, of Progress in Mathematics.
Description : The International Union of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (IUTAM) which is the head organisation of most of the existing national and international societies of mechanics, decided to sponsor a Symposium on METAL FORMING PLASTICITY. It was held near Munich (Federal Republic of Germany) between August 28 and September 3, 1978, in the "Evange lische Academy" in the Castle of Tutzing which is situ ated in a park at Lake Starnberg overlooking the Alps. The subjects of the Symposium were basic aspects of the theoretical and experimental mechanics of metal form ing processes rather than technological details, or plas ticity as such. Thus the spectrum of the Conference extended from necessary physical background, through ex perimental, analytical, or numerical methods, to appli cations to specific technological deformation processes such as rolling, deep drawing, extrusion, etc. The following persons were by the IUTAM-bureau ap pointed to membership of the "Scientific Committee" which was responsible for the nomination of participants as well as for the form of the scientific program: w. Johnson (U.K.), H. Kudo (Japan), H. Lippmann (F.R.G, chairman), G.S. Pisarenko (USSR), anc W. Szczepinski (Poland) . The technical organisation was in the hands of a "Local Organizing Committee" formed by VI F. Fischer, K. Heckel, G. Kuhn, H. Lippmann (chairman), K. Magnus, V. Mannl, G. Sonntag, all of them from Munich and K. Lange (Stuttgart), O. Pa'Nelski (DUsseldorf) . This committee was supported by two secretaries, i.e.