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Constantin Caratheodory : Mathematics and Politics in Turbulent Times - Maria Georgiadou

Constantin Caratheodory

Mathematics and Politics in Turbulent Times

Paperback Published: 2nd July 2004
ISBN: 9783540203520
Number Of Pages: 651

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Constantin Caratheodory (Berlin 1873-1950 Munich) - Mathematics and Politics in Turbulent Times is a biography of a mathematician who became famous during his life, but has hitherto been ignored by historians for half a century after his death.

In a thought-provoking approach, Maria Georgiadou devotes to Constantin Caratheodory all the attention such a personality deserves. With breathtaking detail and the appropriate scrutiny she elucidates his oeuvre, life and turbulent political/historical surroundings: descending from the Greek elite of Constantinople, Caratheodory graduated from the military school of Brussels, became engineer at the Assiout dam in Egypt and finally dedicated a life of effort to mathematics and education. He studied and embarked on an international academic career, haunted by wars, catastrophes and personal tragedies. Over the last years of his life, he stayed in Munich despite World War II, an ambiguous decision upon which the author sheds unprecedented light.

Caratheodory's most significant mathematical contributions were to the calculus of variations, the theory of point set measure, and the theory of functions of a real variable, pdes, also to complex function theory.

The interdisciplinarity of the text allows easy access for both scholars and readers with a general interest in mathematics, politics and history. The thoroughness of the author's research and evaluations is certain to leave everyone impressed and more knowledgeable.

Aus den Rezensionen: "! Trotz ! herausragenden Bedeutung Caratheodorys ! gab es bislang nur eine autobiographische Skizze ! sowie einige Nachrufe. Mit dieser Biographie liegt erstmals eine umfangreiche Lebensbeschreibung ! vor ! Das voluminose Werk ist chronologisch klar gegliedert ! Alle biographischen Abschnitte sind ausserordentlich detailreich ! und beschreiben die Zeitumstande als auch die erscheinenden Personen sehr ausfuhrlich ! Die Biographie ist gut illustriert, ! und interessant. Die Autorin fugt den ! bekannten Sachverhalten zahlreiches neues Wissen hinzu. ! Mit dieser Biographie Caratheodorys liegt fur die nachsten Jahrzehnte gewiss ein Standardwerk vor." (Rudiger Thiele, in: Sudhoffs Archiv, 2006, Vol. 90, Issue 2, S. 240 f.)

Origin and the Formative Years
Academic Career in Germany
The Asia Minor Project
A Scholar of World Reputation
National Socialism and War
The Last Years
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ISBN: 9783540203520
ISBN-10: 3540203524
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 651
Published: 2nd July 2004
Publisher: Springer-Verlag Berlin and Heidelberg Gmbh & Co. Kg
Country of Publication: DE
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.5  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 2.08