The Unreal Life of Oscar Zariski
The first biography of Oscar Zariski - arguably one of the greatest mathematicians of the 20th century. Based largely on interviews with Zariski, his family, and his colleagues, it includes a summary of some of his pioneering work as well as his personal history which spans nearly 80 years and covers most of the globe. The text is intended for mathematicians and mathematics students, particularly those concerned with algebraic geometry.
- Hardback | 168 pages
- 165.1 x 241.3 x 19.05mm | 589.67g
- 01 Jan 1991
- Elsevier Science Publishing Co Inc
- Academic Press Inc
- San Diego, United States
Table of contents
That darling old lady - Kobrin and Chernigov 1899-1918; birds whirling like numbers - Kiev 1918-1920; three great mathematicians - Rome 1921-1926; reading Pushkin and Dante; "Oscar, you are not one of us"; walking with Lefschetz - Baltimore 1927; a voyage of discovery; "the algebra which throws light on geometry"; a citizen of the world of mathematics; the resolution of some singularities; a land of intellectual cannibals; "a superb audience of one... Andre Weil"; Sao Paolo 1945; normal points of variety - Cambridge 1947; the pure pleasure of it; an attack on the theory of linear systems; tying bells on characteristic 0; a feeling of awe; the depth of his attachment.