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The scholar and the state : in search of Van der Waerden

Author: Alexander Soifer; D van Dalen
Publisher: Basel : Birkhaüser, [2015] ©2015
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Bartel Leendert van der Waerden made major contributions to algebraic geometry, abstract algebra, quantum mechanics, and other fields. He liberally published on the history of mathematics. His 2-volume work Modern Algebra is one of the most influential and popular mathematical books ever written. It is therefore surprising that no monograph has been dedicated to his life and work. Van der Waerden?s record is  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Biography
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Soifer, Alexander.
Scholar and the state.
Named Person: B L van der Waerden; B L van der Waerden
Material Type: Biography, Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Alexander Soifer; D van Dalen
ISBN: 9783034807128 3034807120
OCLC Number: 895254746
Description: 1 online resource : illustrations
Contents: Forewords; Foreword by Dirk van Dalen; Foreword by James W. Fernandez: On Acquiescence in the ``Tribal Evil℗þ℗þ; Foreword by Branko Gr©ơnbaum; Foreword by Peter D. Johnson, Jr; Foreword by Harold W. Kuhn; Acknowledgments; Contents; Chapter 1: Greetings to the Reader: What Is History?; Chapter 2: Why Van der Waerden and Why Me?; Chapter 3: The Family; Chapter 4: The Joys of Young Bartel; Chapter 5: Van der Waerden at Hamburg; Chapter 6: The Story of The Book; Chapter 7: The Theorem on Arithmetic Progressions; Chapter 8: From G©œttingen to Groningen; Chapter 9: Transformations of The Book. Chapter 10: The Algebraic Revolution That Produced Just One BookChapter 11: On to Germany; Chapter 12: The Dawn of the Nazi Era; Chapter 13: The Princeton Job Offer; Chapter 14: Eulogy for the Beloved Teacher; Chapter 15: One Faculty Meeting at Leipzig; Chapter 16: A Cloud of Suspicion; Chapter 17: Mathematische Annalen; Chapter 18: Germany Treacherously Invades Holland; Holland℗þs Queen Protests Invasion; Wilhelmina Vows She and the Government Will Do Duty --
Bars Negotiation with Foe; Holland Overrun; War Stores Burned; People Urged to Accept German Occupation with Patience. Netherland Forces SeparatedZeeland Battle Continues; Rotterdam℗þs Situation Grave; Winkelman Explains; Tells People More Fighting Only Means Greater Civilian Losses; Chapter 19: Barrau℗þs Succession at Utrecht; Chapter 20: A Dream of G©œttingen; Chapter 21: ``Furniture and Scientific Books℗þ℗þ; Chapter 22: Breidablik; Chapter 23: Home, Bittersweet Home; Chapter 24: The New World or Old?; Chapter 25: ``The Defense℗þ℗þ; Chapter 26: Van der Waerden and Van der Corput: Dialog in Letters; Chapter 27: One Heartfelt Letter to a Friend; Chapter 28: A Rebellion in Brouwer℗þs Amsterdam. Chapter 29: The Het Parool AffairProf. Van der Waerden Not Yet Appointed; Appointment Halted; Prof. Dr. B.L. van der Waerden; Concerning Van der Waerden; To Mr. Editor; Chapter 30: Job History 1945-1947; Chapter 31: ``America! America! God Shed His Grace on Thee℗þ℗þ382; Chapter 32: Van der Waerden, Goudsmit, and Heisenberg: A Letteral Triangle; Chapter 33: On Active and Passive Opposition in the Third Reich; Chapter 34: Van der Waerden in Defense of Heisenberg; Chapter 35: Professorship at Amsterdam; Chapter 36: Escape to Neutrality; Chapter 37: The Theorem Becomes Classic. Chapter 38: Whose Conjecture Did Van der Waerden Prove?Chapter 39: Zur©ơck nach Z©ơrich; Chapter 40: Reunions of Old Friends: Van der Waerden and Heisenberg; Chapter 41: The Drama of Van der Waerden; Chapter 42: The Scholar and the State; Chapter 43: Farewell to the Reader: ``I Hope and I Hope℗þ℗þ533; List of Illustrations; References; Index.
Responsibility: Alexander Soifer ; forewords by Dirk van Dalen [and others].

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Using material from archives in Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland and the United States, this book reveals fascinating, often surprising new information about this distinguished algebraist,  Read more...

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