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Saunders Mac Lane : a mathematical autobiography

Author: Saunders Mac Lane
Publisher: Wellesley, Mass. : A K Peters, ©2005.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Saunders Mac Lane was an extraordinary mathematician, a dedicated teacher, and a good citizen who cared deeply about the values of science and education. In his autobiography, he gives us a glimpse of his "life and times," mixing the highly personal with professional observations. His recollections bring to life a century of extraordinary accomplishments and tragedies that inspire and educate.".
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Genre/Form: Autobiographie (Descripteur de forme)
Biography
Biographies
Named Person: Saunders Mac Lane; Saunders Mac Lane; Saunders Mac Lane; Saunders Mac Lane; Saunders Mac Lane
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Saunders Mac Lane
ISBN: 1568811500 9781568811505
OCLC Number: 54803677
Notes: Includes index.
Description: xvi, 358 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Early years --
First teaching --
Collaborative research --
The war years --
Eilenberg and Mac Lane --
Harvard years --
Chicago in the fifties --
Mathematical developments --
National academy of science --
The sixties and beyond --
National science policy --
Travels --
Advising --
Later developments --
Contemplating.
Responsibility: Saunders Mac Lane.

Abstract:

"Saunders Mac Lane was an extraordinary mathematician, a dedicated teacher, and a good citizen who cared deeply about the values of science and education. In his autobiography, he gives us a glimpse of his "life and times," mixing the highly personal with professional observations. His recollections bring to life a century of extraordinary accomplishments and tragedies that inspire and educate.".

"Saunders Mac Lane's life covers nearly a century of mathematical developments. During the earlier part of the twentieth century, he participated in the exciting happenings in Gottingen - the Mecca of mathematics. He studied under David Hilbert, Hermann Weyl, and Paul Bernays and witnessed the collapse of a great tradition under the political pressure of a brutal dictatorship.".

"Later, he contributed to the more abstract and general mathematical viewpoints developed in the twentieth century. Perhaps the most outstanding accomplishment during his long and extraordinary career was the development of the concept of categories, together with Samuel Eilenberg, and the creation of a theory that has broad applications in different areas of mathematics, in particular topology and foundations."--BOOK JACKET.

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