Gösta Mittag-Leffler

A Man of Conviction

Authors: Stubhaug, Arild

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  • First biography of Gösta Mittag-Leffler, often called the father of Swedish mathematics
  • English edition of another book by Arild Stubhaug, both a historian and a mathematician
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Gösta Mittag-Leffler (1846–1927) played a significant role on the world stage as both a scientist and entrepreneur. Regarded as the father of Swedish mathematics, his influence extended far beyond his chosen field because of his extensive network of international contacts in science, business, and the arts. His social and professional circles included such luminaries as Selma Lagerlöf, Albert Einstein, Sonya Kovalevsky, Alfred Nobel, Karl Weierstrass, Henri Poincaré, and Marie Curie. (He was instrumental in seeing to it that the latter was awarded the Nobel Prize, not once but twice.) One of Mittag-Leffler’s major accomplishments was the founding of the journal Acta Mathematica in 1882. Today the journal is still published by Institut Mittag-Leffler and Sweden’s Royal Academy of Sciences, and it continues to be one of the most prestigious journals in mathematics. Arild Stubhaug’s research for this monumental biography of the Swedish mathematician relied on a wealth of primary and secondary resources, including more than 30000 letters that are part of the Mittag-Leffler archives. Written in a lucid and compelling manner, the biography contains many hitherto unknown facts about Mittag-Leffler’s personal life and professional endeavors. It will be of great interest to both mathematicians and general readers interested in science and culture.

About the authors

Arild Stubhaug is an acclaimed poet and biographer. Born in 1948 in Naustdal, Norway, he holds university degrees in mathematics, literature, and the history of religion. He has also been awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Oslo. He made his literary debut in 1970 with a poetry book, and he has since published numerous collections of poetry and other important literary works. His biography Niels Henrik Abel and His Times: Called Too Soon from Flames Afar (published in English by Springer-Verlag, 2000) won the prestigious Brage Prize in Norway in 1996. This was followed by two other major works: The Mathematician Sophus Lie: It Was the Audacity of My Thinking (also published in English by Springer-Verlag, 2002), and a biography of the Norwegian writer Conrad Nicolai Schwach.

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From the reviews:

“This book is a biography about a mathematician; the focus is on the man and his life … . Mittag-Leffler’s life is covered in at times minute detail. … it is an important biography of a man that played a significant role in the development of the modern mathematical community.” (Charles Ashbacher, The Mathematical Association of America, January, 2011)

“This is the English translation of a thorough biography of the Swedish mathematician Gösta Mittag-Leffler first published in Swedish in 2007. … The book was years in the writing and is exhaustively researched … . this book is richly informative … . It is handsomely printed, well illustrated, and generally well translated.” (Jeremy Gray, Mathematical Reviews, Issue 2011 k)

“There are many photographs in Stubhaug’s book, in some of which Mittag-Leffler bears a striking resemblance to Mark Twain. … The translation from Norwegian is mostly very smooth … . As a biography of a complex, controversial, highly gifted man who interacted with many of the great figures of his time, this is … a very good read.” (Peter Giblin, The Mathematical Gazette, Vol. 96 (536), July, 2012)


Table of contents (44 chapters)

Table of contents (44 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Gösta Mittag-Leffler
Book Subtitle
A Man of Conviction
Authors
Translated by
Nunnally, T.
Copyright
2010
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-642-11672-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-642-11672-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-642-11671-1
Softcover ISBN
978-3-662-50176-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 733
Additional Information
Original Norwegian edition published by Aschehoug, Oslo, 2007
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