Contemporary Mathematicians

Raoul Bott: Collected Papers

Volume 5

Editors: Tu, Loring W. (Ed.)

  • Fifth and final volume of Raoul Bott's completed works
  • Offers personal insights on the life and work of one of the foremost mathematicians of the twentieth century
  • Features topics of current interest, such as stable vector bundles, knot and manifold invariants, equivariant cohomology, and loop spaces
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About this book

This book is the fifth and final volume of Raoul Bott’s Collected Papers. It collects all of Bott’s published articles since 1991 as well as some articles published earlier but missing in the earlier volumes. The volume also contains interviews with Raoul Bott, several of his previously unpublished speeches, commentaries by his collaborators such as Alberto Cattaneo and Jonathan Weitsman on their joint articles with Bott, Michael Atiyah’s obituary of Raoul Bott, Loring Tu’s authorized biography of Raoul Bott, and reminiscences of Raoul Bott by his friends, students, colleagues, and collaborators, among them Stephen Smale, David Mumford, Arthur Jaffe, Shing-Tung Yau, and Loring Tu. The mathematical articles, many inspired by physics, encompass stable vector bundles, knot and manifold invariants, equivariant cohomology, and loop spaces. The nonmathematical contributions give a sense of Bott’s approach to mathematics, style, personality, zest for life, and humanity. In one of the articles, from the vantage point of his later years, Raoul Bott gives a tour-de-force historical account of one of his greatest achievements, the Bott periodicity theorem. A large number of the articles originally appeared in hard-to-find conference proceedings or journals. This volume makes them all easily accessible. 
It also features a collection of photographs giving a panoramic view of Raoul Bott's life and his interaction with other mathematicians.

About the authors

​Loring W. Tu was born in Taipei, Taiwan, and grew up in Taiwan, Canada, and the United States. He attended McGill University and Princeton University as an undergraduate, and obtained his Ph.D. from Harvard University under the supervision of Phillip A. Griths. He has taught at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and at Johns Hopkins University, and is currently Professor of Mathematics at Tufts University in Massachusetts.An algebraic geometer by training, he has done research at the interface of algebraic geometry, topology, and differential geometry, including Hodge theory, degeneracy loci, moduli spaces of vector bundles, and equivariant cohomology. He is the coauthor with Raoul Bott of Differential Forms in Algebraic Topology and the author of "An Introduction to Manifolds and Differential Geometry: Connections, Curvature, and Characteristic Classes".

Table of contents (46 chapters)

  • Photographs

    Tu, Loring W.

    Pages 3-22

  • Curriculum Vitae

    Bott, Raoul (et al.)

    Pages 23-25

  • Obituary: Raoul Harry Bott, FRS, 1923–2005

    Atiyah, Sri Michael

    Pages 27-39

  • The Life and Works of Raoul Bott

    Tu, Loring W.

    Pages 41-59

  • Remembering Raoul Bott (1923–2005)

    Tu, Loring W.

    Pages 61-81

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eBook $129.00
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $169.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-319-51779-7
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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Raoul Bott: Collected Papers
Book Subtitle
Volume 5
Editors
  • Loring W. Tu
Series Title
Contemporary Mathematicians
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Birkhäuser Basel
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-51781-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-51781-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-51779-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIX, 676
Number of Illustrations and Tables
146 b/w illustrations, 53 illustrations in colour
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