Differential Equations of My Young Years by Vladimir Maz'yaDifferential Equations of My Young Years by Vladimir Maz'ya

Differential Equations of My Young Years

byVladimir Maz'yaEditorArkady Alexeev

Hardcover | April 8, 2014

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Vladimir Maz'ya (born 1937) is an outstanding mathematician who systematically made fundamental contributions to a wide array of areas in mathematical analysis and in the theory of partial differential equations. In this fascinating book he describes the first thirty years of his life. He starts with the story of his family, speaks about his childhood, high school and university years, describe his formative years as a mathematician. Behind the author's personal recollections, with his own joys, sorrows and hopes, one sees a vivid picture of the time. He speaks warmly about his friends, both outside and inside mathematics. The author describes the awakening of his passion for mathematics and his early achievements. He mentions a number of mathematicians who influenced his professional life. The book is written in a readable and inviting way sometimes with a touch of humor. It can be of interest for a very broad readership.
Vladimir Maz'ya is one of the most distinguished mathematical analysts of our time known for his vast and multi-faceted scientific work and for his impact on contemporary mathematics. He was born in Leningrad in 1937 and graduated from Leningrad University in 1960. Since 1990 he has been living in Sweden. He is a member of the Royal Sw...
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Title:Differential Equations of My Young YearsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:191 pagesPublished:April 8, 2014Publisher:Springer-Verlag/Sci-Tech/TradeLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:3319018086

ISBN - 13:9783319018089

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Table of Contents

Foreword.- The beginning.- The time of peace is over.- My mother's story.- My father's story.- In Sverdlovsk.- Back to Leningrad.- Crime without punishment.- Even the sun has spots.- It is so difficult to become an "A" student.- The importance of being an "A" student.- Slingshots.- Illnesses.- "Physcult" and sports.- A sharp kid.- Foreign languages.- My interests.- Poetry.- Fimka.- The first place in the District!.- The indecent topic.- My circle of reading.- I chose mathematics.- A circle at the Palace of Pioneers.- Two lectures for the school teachers.- The English teacher.- Arkady Alexeev.- Alexeev's story.- Vanity of vanities, all is vanity.-You cannot live without the women. No!.- The first Mathmech year.- Student contests.- We lead our life in major key.- A mysterious ID.- Musical moments.- Valery Maisky.- The authorities did not like me.- How did I not become a dissident.- Misha Danilov.- Fractional derivatives.- Student Scientific Society (SSS) and Tseitin.- "Quasi-publication" and S. M. Lozinsky.- The Mathmech choir.- My doubts and S. G. Mikhlin's advice.- A few words about Mikhlin The virgin soil.- Bakelman's special course.- Job placement.- Siegfried.- Steel sheets and YMS.- Possibility and reality.- Defense at the Moscow State University.- Defense at the Leningrad University.- About V.I. Smirnov.- An order: scatter the composed type.- About the "Big Seminar".- After the defense of the Doctor's degree dissertation.- Non-travels to foreign countries.- Counterexamples to the Hilbert problem.- Talent.- Farewell, my young years!.- Under close surveillance?.

Editorial Reviews

"This is an autobiography, a collection of memoriesof Vladimir Maz'ya . . The book is written in a highly readable and invitingstyle and spiced with warmth and an occasional touch of humor. . Thisautobiography can be recommended to readers with a mathematical background, becauseafter all this is a book about a scientist and mathematician, but also to thoseinterested in the story of post-war Soviet society." (Aleksandar M. Nikolic,Mathematical Reviews, September, 2015)"Maz'ya's recollections map a personal landscape of hopes realized and sorrows endured and makes for a vivid picture of these times and this largely closed country. This memoir should be of interest to those looking for insight into daily life in Soviet Russia, especially life for Jewish families, as much if not more so than to learn about the author's career as a mathematician." (Tom Schulte, MAA Reviews, November, 2014)