RT Book, Whole DB /z-wcorg/ DS http://worldcat.org ID 44493346 LA English T1 A mathematician grappling with his century A1 Schwartz, Laurent., PB Birkhäuser PP Basel; Boston YR 2001 SN 3764360526 9783764360528 0817660526 9780817660529 AB "Laurent Schwartz is one of the most remarkable intellects of the 20th century. His discovery of distributions, one of the most beautiful theories in mathematics, earned him a 1950 Fields Medal. Beyond this formidable achievement, his love for science and for teaching led him to think deeply and lecture broadly to the general public on the significance of science and mathematics to the well-being of the world. At the same time, his commitment to the social good, even at the expense of his beloved research, proved a moral compass throughout his life. The fight for human rights and his major role in the battle against the wars in Algeria and Vietnam were typical of matters close to his heart. The story of his life in the context of his century provides for future generations an inspiring testimonial from an extraordinary mathematician and thinker."--Jacket.