Remembering Sofya Kovalevskaya

  • Michèle Audin

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiii
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  12. Back Matter
    Pages 261-284

About this book


Sofia Kovalevskaya was a brilliant and determined young Russian woman of the 19th century who wanted to become a mathematician and who succeeded, in often difficult circumstances, in becoming arguably the first woman to have a professional university career in the way we understand it today. This memoir, written by a mathematician who specialises in symplectic geometry and integrable systems, is a personal exploration of the life, the writings and the mathematical achievements of a remarkable woman. It emphasises the originality of Kovalevskaya’s work and assesses her legacy and reputation as a mathematician and scientist. Her ideas are explained in a way that is accessible to a general audience, with diagrams, marginal notes and commentary to help explain the mathematical concepts and provide context.

This fascinating book, which also examines Kovalevskaya’s love of literature, will be of interest to historians looking for a treatment of the mathematics, and those doing feminist or gender studies.


19th century mathematics Sofya Kovalevskaya

Authors and affiliations

  • Michèle Audin
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  1. 1., IRMAUniversité de Strasbourg et CNRSStrasbourgFrance

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