Recollections of a Jewish Mathematician in Germany

Authors: Fraenkel, Abraham A.

Editors: Cohen-Mansfield, Jiska (Ed.)

  • Describes the relationships among the preeminent mathematicians of the 20th century
  • Sheds light on Orthodox Jewish life in Germany in the 19th and early 20th centuries
  • Provides insight into German Jewish Zionism prior to the Second World War
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Abraham A. Fraenkel was a world-renowned mathematician in pre–Second World War Germany, whose work on set theory was fundamental to the development of modern mathematics. A friend of Albert Einstein, he knew many of the era’s acclaimed mathematicians personally. He moved to Israel (then Palestine under the British Mandate) in the early 1930s. In his autobiography Fraenkel describes his early years growing up as an Orthodox Jew in Germany and his development as a mathematician at the beginning of the twentieth century. ​This memoir, originally written in German in the 1960s, has now been translated into English, with an additional chapter covering the period from 1933 until his death in 1965 written by the editor, Jiska Cohen-Mansfield.    

Fraenkel describes the world of mathematics in Germany in the first half of the twentieth century, its origins and development, the systems influencing it, and its demise. He also paints a unique picture of the complex struggles within the world of Orthodox Jewry in Germany. In his personal life, Fraenkel merged these two worlds during periods of turmoil including the two world wars and the establishment of the state of Israel.

Including a new foreword by Menachem Magidor

Foreword to the 1967 German edition by Yehoshua Bar-Hillel

Reviews

“This new text provides an English translation of his original autobiography, balanced by an insightful chapter surveying the last 32 years of Fraenkel’s life … . This is a great book befitting a great man! Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above; faculty and professionals.” (J. Johnson, Choice, Vol. 54 (10), June, 2017)

“Fraenkel’s distinctive voice makes his memoir a fascinating read. His importance makes it a valuable historical source. I found it both enjoyable and instructive.” (Fernando Q. Gouvêa, MAA Reviews, maa.org, December, 2016)


Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • My Ancestors

    Fraenkel, Abraham A.

    Pages 1-35

  • Childhood and Adolescence in Munich (1891–1910)

    Fraenkel, Abraham A.

    Pages 37-69

  • As a Student at Prussian Universities

    Fraenkel, Abraham A.

    Pages 71-101

  • As a Soldier in the First World War

    Fraenkel, Abraham A.

    Pages 103-114

  • As a Professor in Marburg and Kiel (1919–1929)

    Fraenkel, Abraham A.

    Pages 115-163

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eBook $69.99
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $89.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-30845-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Recollections of a Jewish Mathematician in Germany
Authors
Editors
  • Jiska Cohen-Mansfield
Translated by
Brown, A.
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Birkhäuser Basel
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-30847-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-30847-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-30845-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XX, 234
Number of Illustrations and Tables
23 b/w illustrations, 19 illustrations in colour
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