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Mathematical Lives

Protagonists of the Twentieth Century From Hilbert to Wiles

  • Claudio Bartocci
  • Renato Betti
  • Angelo Guerraggio
  • Roberto Lucchetti

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Umberto Bottazzini
    Pages 1-10
  3. Giorgio Bolondi, Angelo Guerraggio, Pietro Nastasi
    Pages 11-23
  4. Claudio Bartocci, Renato Betti, Angelo Guerraggio, Roberto Lucchetti
    Pages 25-26
  5. Gianni Rigamonti
    Pages 27-35
  6. Roberto Lucchetti
    Pages 37-41
  7. Aldo Brigaglia
    Pages 43-52
  8. Claudio Bartocci, Renato Betti, Angelo Guerraggio, Roberto Lucchetti
    Pages 53-54
  9. Francesco La Teana
    Pages 55-62
  10. Piergiorgio Odifreddi
    Pages 69-76
  11. Claudio Bartocci, Renato Betti, Angelo Guerraggio, Roberto Lucchetti
    Pages 77-78
  12. Claudio Bartocci
    Pages 79-90
  13. Angelo Guerraggio
    Pages 97-107
  14. D. Michele Cifarelli
    Pages 109-113
  15. Gian Italo Bischi
    Pages 115-116
  16. Guido Boffetta, Angelo Vulpiani
    Pages 117-121
  17. Giorgio Bolondi
    Pages 123-130
  18. Roberto Lucchetti
    Pages 137-146
  19. Gianni Dal Maso
    Pages 147-155
  20. Angelo Guerraggio
    Pages 157-164
  21. Renato Betti
    Pages 165-167
  22. Claudio Bartocci, Renato Betti, Angelo Guerraggio, Roberto Lucchetti
    Pages 169-169
  23. Luca Barbieri Viale
    Pages 171-180
  24. Domenico Senato
    Pages 181-189
  25. Angelo Guerraggio
    Pages 191-196
  26. Claudio Bartocci
    Pages 197-208
  27. Marco Pedroni
    Pages 209-211
  28. Claudio Bartocci, Renato Betti, Angelo Guerraggio, Roberto Lucchetti
    Pages 213-215
  29. Ennio Peres
    Pages 217-220
  30. Claudio Bartocci, Renato Betti, Angelo Guerraggio, Roberto Lucchetti
    Pages 221-222
  31. Renato Betti
    Pages 223-230
  32. Claudio Bartocci
    Pages 231-235
  33. Claudio Bartocci, Renato Betti, Angelo Guerraggio, Roberto Lucchetti
    Pages 237-238

About this book

Introduction

Steps forward in mathematics often reverberate in other scientific disciplines, and give rise to innovative conceptual developments or find surprising technological applications. This volume brings to the forefront some of the proponents of the mathematics of the twentieth century, who have put at our disposal new and powerful instruments for investigating the reality around us. The portraits present people who have impressive charisma and wide-ranging cultural interests, who are passionate about defending the importance of their own research, are sensitive to beauty, and attentive to the social and political problems of their times. What we have sought to document is mathematics’ central position in the culture of our day. Space has been made not only for the great mathematicians but also for literary texts, including contributions by two apparent interlopers, Robert Musil and Raymond Queneau, for whom mathematical concepts represented a valuable tool for resolving the struggle between ‘soul and precision.’

Keywords

history of mathematics twentieth-century mathematicians

Editors and affiliations

  • Claudio Bartocci
    • 1
  • Renato Betti
    • 2
  • Angelo Guerraggio
    • 3
  • Roberto Lucchetti
    • 4
  1. 1.Dipto. MatematicaUniversità GenovaGenovaItaly
  2. 2.Dipto. MatematicaPolitecnico di MilanoMilanoItaly
  3. 3.Centro PRISTEMUniversità BocconiMilanoItaly
  4. 4., Dipto. MatematicaPolitecnico di MilanoMilanoItaly

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