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A mathematician grappling with his century

Author: Laurent Schwartz
Publisher: Basel ; Boston : Birkhäuser, ©2001.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Autobiographie
Biography
Named Person: Laurent Schwartz; Laurent Schwartz; Laurent Schwartz; Laurent Schwartz; Laurent Schwartz
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Laurent Schwartz
ISBN: 3764360526 9783764360528 0817660526 9780817660529
OCLC Number: 44493346
Description: viii, 490 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction: The Garden of Eden.- I The Revelation of Mathematics.- II A Student at the Ecole Normale Superieure in Love.- III Trotskyist.- IV A Researcher in the War.- V The War Against the Jews.- VI The Invention of Distributions.- VII Militating, Teaching, Research.- VIII International Recognition.- IX The Algerian Involvement.- X For an Independent Viet-Nam.- XI The Distant War in Afghanistan.- XII The Committee of Mathematicians.
Other Titles: Mathématicien aux prises avec le siècle.
Responsibility: Laurent Schwartz ; translated from the French by Leila Schneps.
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