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Lettera Matematica

, Volume 3, Issue 1–2, pp 43–52 | Cite as

A mathematician goes to war: the brief life of Eugenio Elia Levi

  • Mauro Comoglio
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Abstract

This article provides a brief overview of the personal and scientific life of Eugenio Elia Levi, a promising, creative Italian mathematician who lost his life in World War I. The biography begins with his formative years in Torino and Pisa, and is followed by his years teaching in Genoa and the beginning of his scientific career, outlining the nature and focus of the research that occupied him during the 1910s. The second part of the article highlights Levi’s feelings about Italy’s entry into the war, and describes his military service as an officer in the corps of engineers, during which he achieved several decorations and promotions. We close with his death, as he was gunned down by Austrian sniper fire during the retreat after the defeat at Caporetto.

Keywords

Eugenio Elia Levi World War I Beppo Levi Salvatore Pincherle 

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© Centro P.RI.ST.EM, Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi 2015

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.TurinItaly

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