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Proving It Her Way

Emmy Noether, a Life in Mathematics

Authors: Rowe, David E., Koreuber, Mechthild

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  • An accessible account of of Noether’s life and work written for a general audience
  • Based on historical research and new archival sources
  • Demonstrates how Emmy Noether promoted modern algebra through her international school
  • Provides historical background to the play "Diving into Math with Emmy Noether"
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About this book

The name Emmy Noether is one of the most celebrated in the history of mathematics. A brilliant algebraist and iconic figure for women in modern science, Noether exerted a strong influence on the younger mathematicians of her time and long thereafter; today, she is known worldwide as the "mother of modern algebra."

Drawing on original archival material and recent research, this book follows Emmy Noether’s career from her early years in Erlangen up until her tragic death in the United States. After solving a major outstanding problem in Einstein’s theory of relativity, she was finally able to join the Göttingen faculty in 1919. Proving It Her Way offers a new perspective on an extraordinary career, first, by focusing on important figures in Noether’s life and, second, by showing how she selflessly promoted the careers of several other talented individuals. By exploring her mathematical world, it aims to convey the personality and impact of a remarkable mathematician who literally changed the face of modern mathematics, despite the fact that, as a woman, she never held a regular professorship.

Written for a general audience, this study uncovers the human dimensions of Noether’s key relationships with a younger generation of mathematicians. Thematically, the authors took inspiration from their cooperation with the ensemble portraittheater Vienna in producing the play "Diving into Math with Emmy Noether." Four of the young mathematicians portrayed in Proving It Her Way – B.L. van der Waerden, Pavel Alexandrov, Helmut Hasse, and Olga Taussky – also appear in "Diving into Math."

About the authors

David E. Rowe is professor emeritus for history of mathematics and natural sciences at Mainz University. He is the author of A Richer Picture of Mathematics: The Göttingen Tradition and Beyond, Springer, 2018.

Mechthild Koreuber is the chief gender equality officer of Freie Universität Berlin and a historian of mathematics. She is the author of Emmy Noether, die Noether-Schule und die moderne Algebra: Zur Geschichte einer kulturellen Bewegung, Springer Spektrum, 2015

Both served as scientific advisors to portraittheater Vienna for the play "Diving into Math with Emmy Noether."

Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)
  • Diving into Math with Emmy Noether

    Pages 1-12

    Rowe, David E. (et al.)

  • Emmy Noether: a Portrait

    Pages 13-40

    Rowe, David E. (et al.)

  • Max and Emmy Noether: Mathematics in Erlangen

    Pages 41-66

    Rowe, David E. (et al.)

  • Emmy Noether’s Long Struggle to Habilitate in Göttingen

    Pages 67-82

    Rowe, David E. (et al.)

  • Noether’s Early Contributions to Modern Algebra

    Pages 83-100

    Rowe, David E. (et al.)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Proving It Her Way
Book Subtitle
Emmy Noether, a Life in Mathematics
Authors
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-62811-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-62811-6
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-62810-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIX, 241
Number of Illustrations
5 b/w illustrations, 25 illustrations in colour
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