Mathematicians at war

Volterra and his French colleagues in World War I

  • Laurent Mazliak
  • Rossana Tazzioli

Part of the Archimedes book series (ARIM, volume 22)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. PART I. Introduction to the letters

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Laurent Mazliak, Rossana Tazzioli
      Pages 3-7
    3. Laurent Mazliak, Rossana Tazzioli
      Pages 9-12
    4. Laurent Mazliak, Rossana Tazzioli
      Pages 13-16
    5. Laurent Mazliak, Rossana Tazzioli
      Pages 17-19
    6. Laurent Mazliak, Rossana Tazzioli
      Pages 21-32
  3. PART II. Volterra’s exchanges with Borel, Hadamard

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 33-33
    2. Laurent Mazliak, Rossana Tazzioli
      Pages 35-152
  4. PART III. Appendices

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 153-153
    2. Laurent Mazliak, Rossana Tazzioli
      Pages 155-164
    3. Laurent Mazliak, Rossana Tazzioli
      Pages 165-169
    4. Laurent Mazliak, Rossana Tazzioli
      Pages 171-179
    5. Laurent Mazliak, Rossana Tazzioli
      Pages 181-188
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 189-194

About this book

Introduction

Numerous scientists have taken part in the war effort during World War I, but few gave it the passionate energy of the prominent Italian mathematician Volterra. As a convinced supporter of the cause of Britain and France, he struggled vigorously to carry Italy into the war in May 1915 and then developed a frenetic activity to support the war effort, going himself to the front, even though he was 55. This activity found an adequate echo with his French colleagues Borel, Hadamard and Picard. The huge correspondence they exchanged during the war, gives an extraordinary view of these activities, and raises numerous fundamental questions about the role of a scientist, and particularly a mathematician during WW I. It also offers a vivid documentation about the intellectual life of  the time ; Volterra’s and Borel’s circles in particular were extremely wide and the range of their interests was not limited to their field of specialization. The book proposes the complete transcription of the aforementioned correspondence, annotated with numerous footnotes to give details on the contents. It also offers a general historical introduction to the context of the letters and several complements on themes related to the academic exchanges between France and Italy during the war.

Keywords

Hadamard Volterra history of mathematics

Authors and affiliations

  • Laurent Mazliak
    • 1
  • Rossana Tazzioli
    • 2
  1. 1.CNRS UMR 7599Université Paris VIParis CX 05France
  2. 2.UFR de MathématiquesUniversité Lille IVilleneuve d'AscqFrance

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-90-481-2740-5
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2009
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Mathematics and Statistics
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-2739-9
  • Online ISBN 978-90-481-2740-5
  • Series Print ISSN 1385-0180
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