Paul Levy And Maurice Frechet: 50 Years of Correspondence in 107 Letters by Marc BarbutPaul Levy And Maurice Frechet: 50 Years of Correspondence in 107 Letters by Marc Barbut

Paul Levy And Maurice Frechet: 50 Years of Correspondence in 107 Letters

byMarc Barbut, Bernard Locker, Laurent Mazliak

Hardcover | December 16, 2013

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The fascinating correspondence between Paul Lévy and Maurice Fréchet spans an extremely active period in French mathematics during the twentieth century. The letters of these two Frenchmen show their vicissitudes of research and passionate enthusiasm for the emerging field of modern probability theory. The letters cover various topics of mathematical importance including academic careers and professional travels, issues concerning students and committees, and the difficulties both mathematicians met to be elected to the Paris Academy of Sciences.

The technical questions that occupied Lévy and Fréchet on almost a daily basis are the primary focus of these letters, which are charged with elation, frustration and humour. Their mathematical victories and setbacks unfolded against the dramatic backdrop of the two World Wars and the occupation of France, during which Lévy was obliged to go into hiding. The clear and persistent desire of these mathematicians to continue their work whatever the circumstance testifies to the enlightened spirit of their discipline which was persistent against all odds.

The book contains a detailed and comprehensive introduction to the central topics of the correspondence. The original text of the letters is also annotated by numerous footnotes for helpful guidance.Paul Lévy and Maurice Fréchetwill be useful to anybody interested in the history of mathematics in the twentieth century and, in particular, the birth of modern probab

ility theory.

Title:Paul Levy And Maurice Frechet: 50 Years of Correspondence in 107 LettersFormat:HardcoverDimensions:213 pagesPublished:December 16, 2013Publisher:Springer-Verlag/Sci-Tech/TradeLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1447156188

ISBN - 13:9781447156185

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Table of Contents

Introduction.- Introduction to the correspondence.- 107 Letters from Paul Lévy to Maurice Fréchet.

Editorial Reviews

"The present book is a collection of the fascinating correspondence between these two mathematicians . . serves as a good introduction to the science of the history of mathematics and mainly the development of modern probability theory, and a good guide for researchers in this topic. . a good reference to know about chronological developments of many famous problems in probability theory and generally in mathematics, and the famous role of the two mathematicians Lévy and Fréchet in such developments." (Anouar Ben Mabrouk, zbMATH 1314.01002, 2015)