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All students of mathematics know of Peano's postulates for the natural numbers and his famous space-filling curve, yet their knowledge often stops there. Part of the reason is that there has not until now been a full-scale study of his life and works. This must surely be surprising, when one realizes the length of his academic career (over 50 years) and the extent of his publica­ tions (over 200) in a wide variety of fields, many of which had immediate and long-term effects on the development of modern mathematics. A study of his life seems long overdue. It appeared to me that the most likely person to write a biography of Peano would be his devoted disciple Ugo Cassina, with whom I studied at the University of Milan in 1957-58. I wrote to Professor Cassina on 29 October, 1963, inquiring if he planned to write the biography, and I offered him my assistance, since I hoped to return to Italy for a year. He replied on 28 November, 1963, suggesting that we collaborate, meaning by this that I would write the biography, in English, using his material and advice. I gladly agreed to this suggestion, but work on the project had hardly begun when Professor Cassina died unexpectedly on 5 October, 1964. I then decided to continue the project on my own. I spent the academic year 1966-67 in Turin; completion of the book took ten years.


1. Childhood.-
2. Student Years.-
3. University Assistant.-
4. Making a Career.-
5. Extraordinary Professor.-
6. The Formulario Project.-
7. Ordinary Professor.-
8. The Controversy With Volterra.-
9. The First International Congress of Mathematicians.-
10. Contact With Frege.-
11. Peano Acquires a Printing Press.-
12. The School of Peano.-
13. Paris, 1900.-
14. The Decline Begins.-
15. Latino Sine Flexione.-
16. The Cotton Workers' Strike.-
17. Completion of the Formulario.-
18. Academia pro Interlingua.-
19. Apostle of Interlingua.-
20. The War Years.-
21. The Postwar Years.-
22. The Toronto Congress.-
23. The Final Years.-
24. Afterwards.-
25. Summing Up.-
Appendix 1. Peano's Professors.-
Appendix 2. Members of the School of Peano.-
Appendix 3. List of Papers by Other Authors Presented by Peano to the Academy of Sciences of Turin.- Chronological List of the Publications of Giuseppe Peano.- Index of the Publications of Giuseppe Peano.- Index of Names.- Index of Subjects.
EAN: 9789027710673
ISBN: 9027710678
Untertitel: Life and Works of Giuseppe Peano. 'Studies in the History of Modern Science'. 1980. Auflage. Book. Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: Springer
Erscheinungsdatum: Mai 1980
Seitenanzahl: 248 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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