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

About this book


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.’


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

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2011
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Mathematics and Statistics
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-13605-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-13606-1
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