Mathematics in Berlin

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Heinrich Begehr, Helmut Koch, Jürg Kramer, Norbert Schappacher, Ernst-Jochen Thiele
Birkhäuser, 6 dic. 2012 - 216 páginas
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This little book is conceived as a service to mathematicians attending the 1998 International Congress of Mathematicians in Berlin. It presents a comprehensive, condensed overview of mathematical activity in Berlin, from Leibniz almost to the present day (without, however, including biographies of living mathematicians). Since many towering figures in mathematical history worked in Berlin, most of the chapters of this book are concise biographies. These are held together by a few survey articles presenting the overall development of entire periods of scientific life at Berlin. Overlaps between various chapters and differences in style between the chap ters were inevitable, but sometimes this provided opportunities to show different aspects of a single historical event - for instance, the Kronecker-Weierstrass con troversy. The book aims at readability rather than scholarly completeness. There are no footnotes, only references to the individual bibliographies of each chapter. Still, we do hope that the texts brought together here, and written by the various authors for this volume, constitute a solid introduction to the history of Berlin mathematics.
 

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Mathematics in Berlin 18101933
9
Augustus Leopold Crelle
27
Gustav Peter Lejeune Dirichlet
34
Carl Gustav Jacob Jacobi 41
42
Jacob Steiner and Synthetic Geometry
49
Gotthold Eisenstein
55
Kummer and Kronecker
61
Weierstrass and some members of his circle
71
Richard von Mises 111
117
The Nazi era the Berlin way
127
The University of Berlin from
137
H Begehr Freie Universität Berlin a summary of its history
151
Mathematics at the Berlin Technische
161
Mathematics in Berlin at the Humboldt University
168
The Mathematical Institute of
177
Fast Algorithms Fast Computers
183

Frobenius Schur and the Berlin Algebraic Tradition
83
Erhard Schmidt John von Neumann
97
Constantin Carathéodory
106
Sources of photographs
197
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