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Giovanni Battista Guccia

Pioneer of International Cooperation in Mathematics

Authors: Bongiorno, Benedetto, Curbera, Guillermo

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  • Presents a biography of Giovanni Battista Guccia
  • Explores the creation of the Circolo Matematico di Palermo and its journal the Rendiconti del Circolo Matematico di Palermo
  • Highlights the beginnings of international mathematical cooperation in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century
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This book examines the life and work of mathematician Giovanni Battista Guccia, founder of the Circolo Matematico di Palermo and its renowned journal, the Rendiconti del Circolo matematico di Palermo.

The authors describe how Guccia, an Italian geometer, was able to establish a mathematical society in Sicily in the late nineteenth century, which by 1914 would grow to become the largest and most international in the world, with one of the most influential journals of the time. The book highlights the challenges faced by Guccia in creating an international society in isolated Palermo, and places Guccia’s activities in the wider European context through comparisons with the formation of the London Mathematical Society and the creation of Mittag-Leffler’s Acta Mathematica in Stockholm.

Based on extensive searches in European archives, this scholarly work follows both historical and scientific treads, and will appeal to those interested in the history of mathematics and science in general.

About the authors

Benedetto Bongiorno was Full Professor of Mathematical Analysis at the University of Palermo from 1976 to 2012. From 1995 to 1997 he was dean of the Department of Mathematics at the University of Palermo. Bongiorno has been Associate Editor of the Journal of Mathematical Analysis and Application since 2000. He was member of the scientific committee of the Unione Matematica Italiana from 1994 to 1997. From 1983 to 1997 he acted as Vice President of the Circolo Matematico di Palermo. He has been a member of the Accademia di Scienze Lettere e Arti di Palermo since 1980.

Guillermo P. Curbera is Professor of Mathematical Analysis at the University of Sevilla. His research focuses on functional and complex analysis. He was the Editor General of the Royal Spanish Mathematical Society form 2006 to 2009 and has been Curator of the Archives of the International Mathematical Union (located in Berlin) since 2007. He has authored the book Mathematicians of the World: Unite! The International Congress of Mathematicians, A Human Endeavour (2009).

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“The writing is engaging, touching on many facets of the international mathematics community, especially in Italy. The book is not math-intensive so is accessible to any reader, and will particularly reward students of 1800s Italy. This book will be of interest to professional mathematicians as well as those interested in the history of international cooperation in the mathematical sciences.” (Alice Petillo, MAA Reviews, May 19, 2019)


“This book provides a fascinating, informative look into the life and work of Giovanni Battista Guccia. … A curated bibliography points toward opportunities for further study, and a wealth of archival sources, including key documents from the society and journal and selections from Guccia's own writings, are included in an appendix. A worthwhile resource for anyone interested in the history of mathematics.” (J. A. Bakal, Choice, Vol. 56 (7), March, 2019)

“The book is highly recommended for historians of mathematics and historians of science at any stage of their career. The style also makes this book easy to read and the richness of the collected archival materials offers with extreme clarity an overview of the historical and cultural life of Sicily at the beginning of the 20th century.” (Silvia De Bianchi, zbMATH, 2019, 1400.01001)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)
  • Background

    Pages 1-33

    Bongiorno, Benedetto (et al.)

  • The Formative Years

    Pages 35-68

    Bongiorno, Benedetto (et al.)

  • The Scientific Context

    Pages 69-83

    Bongiorno, Benedetto (et al.)

  • The Projects of Guccia: First Stage

    Pages 85-125

    Bongiorno, Benedetto (et al.)

  • The Projects of Guccia: Second Stage

    Pages 127-172

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eBook 27,36 €
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Hardcover 34,31 €
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Softcover 34,31 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-08759-3
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Giovanni Battista Guccia
Book Subtitle
Pioneer of International Cooperation in Mathematics
Authors
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-78667-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-78667-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-78666-7
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-08759-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXII, 301
Number of Illustrations
18 b/w illustrations, 53 illustrations in colour
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