Happy Holidays—Our $30 Gift Card just for you, and books ship free! Shop now>>

Vita Mathematica

Mathematician for All Seasons

Recollections and Notes Vol. 1 (1887-1945)

Authors: Steinhaus, Hugo

Editors: Burns, Robert G., Szymaniec, Irena, Weron, Aleksander (Eds.)

Free Preview
  • Covers the inside story of Polish mathematics from the first-half of the 20th century
  • An excellent English translation mirrors the subtleties found in Steinhaus' original texts in Polish
  • Features extensive footnotes providing the context for many of the textual references
see more benefits

Buy this book

eBook $109.00
price for Mexico (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-21984-4
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $139.99
price for Mexico
  • ISBN 978-3-319-21983-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $139.99
price for Mexico
  • ISBN 978-3-319-79373-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
About this book

This book presents, in his own words, the life of Hugo Steinhaus (1887–1972), noted Polish mathematician of Jewish background, educator, and mathematical popularizer. A student of Hilbert, a pioneer of the foundations of probability and game theory, and a contributor to the development of functional analysis, he was one of those instrumental to the extraordinary flowering of Polish mathematics before and after World War I. In particular, it was he who “discovered” the great Stefan Banach. Exhibiting his great integrity and wit, Steinhaus’s personal story of the turbulent times he survived – including two world wars and life postwar under the Soviet heel – cannot but be of consuming interest. His account of the years spent evading Nazi terror is especially moving. The steadfast honesty and natural dignity he maintained while pursuing a life of demanding scientific and intellectual enquiry in the face of encroaching calamity and chaos show him to be truly a mathematician for all seasons.

The present work will be of great interest not only to mathematicians wanting to learn some of the details of the mathematical blossoming that occurred in Poland in the first half of the 20th century, but also to anyone wishing to read a first-hand account of the history of those unquiet times in Europe – and indeed world-wide – by someone of uncommon intelligence and forthrightness situated near an eye of the storm.

Reviews

“The book under review is the first volume of Steinhaus’ recollections and notes. … Many footnotes make the reading easier. The book will be of great interest both for historians of mathematics as well as for all wishing to learn (from a witness) the history of those unquiet and difficult times in Europe.” (Roman Murawski, zbMATH 1331.01002, 2016)


Table of contents (13 chapters)

Table of contents (13 chapters)

Buy this book

eBook $109.00
price for Mexico (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-21984-4
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $139.99
price for Mexico
  • ISBN 978-3-319-21983-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $139.99
price for Mexico
  • ISBN 978-3-319-79373-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Loading...

Recommended for you

Loading...

Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Mathematician for All Seasons
Book Subtitle
Recollections and Notes Vol. 1 (1887-1945)
Authors
Editors
  • Robert G. Burns
  • Irena Szymaniec
  • Aleksander Weron
Translated by
Shenitzer, A.
Series Title
Vita Mathematica
Series Volume
18
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Birkhäuser Basel
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-21984-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-21984-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-21983-7
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-79373-3
Series ISSN
1013-0330
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 491
Number of Illustrations
12 b/w illustrations, 13 illustrations in colour
Topics