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The Way I Remember It
 
Walter Rudin University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
A co-publication of the AMS and London Mathematical Society
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Electronic ISBN: 978-1-4704-3880-7
Product Code: HMATH/12.E
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The Way I Remember It
Walter Rudin University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
A co-publication of the AMS and London Mathematical Society
Available Formats:
Electronic ISBN:  978-1-4704-3880-7
Product Code:  HMATH/12.E
List Price: $38.00
MAA Member Price: $34.20
AMS Member Price: $30.40
  • Book Details
     
     
    History of Mathematics
    Volume: 121997; 191 pp
    MSC: Primary 01;

    Walter Rudin's memoirs should prove to be a delightful read specifically to mathematicians, but also to historians who are interested in learning about his colorful history and ancestry. Characterized by his personal style of elegance, clarity, and brevity, Rudin presents in the first part of the book his early memories about his family history, his boyhood in Vienna throughout the 1920s and 1930s, and his experiences during World War II.

    Part II offers samples of his work, in which he relates where problems came from, what their solutions led to, and who else was involved. As those who are familiar with Rudin's writing will recognize, he brings to this book the same care, depth, and originality that is the hallmark of his work.

    Readership

    Historians and general mathematical audience.

  • Table of Contents
     
     
    • Part I
    • Prologue
    • Chapter 1. Earliest memories
    • Chapter 2. The family
    • Chapter 3. Schools
    • Chapter 4. Inventions
    • Chapter 5. Vacations
    • Chapter 6. A bit of history
    • Chapter 6. Outlaws
    • Chapter 8. Switzerland
    • Chapter 9. Paris and Paramé
    • Chapter 10. Internments
    • Chapter 11. Escape
    • Chapter 12. Vichy France
    • Chapter 13. De Gaulle’s army
    • Chapter 14. Pioneer Corps
    • Chapter 15. Navy
    • Chapter 16. Avignon
    • Chapter 17. War’s end
    • Chapter 18. Duke University
    • Chapter 19. M.I.T.
    • Chapter 20. Rochester
    • Epilogue
    • Map and photographs
    • Part II
    • Chapter 21. Interchanging limit processes
    • Chapter 22. Function algebras
    • Chapter 23. Misteaks
    • Chapter 24. $\beta \mathbb N$ and $CH$ and all that
    • Chapter 25. Idempotent measures
    • Chapter 26. Riemann sums
    • Chapter 27. Power series with gaps
    • Chapter 28. Trigonometric series with gaps
    • Chapter 29. Function theory in polydiscs
    • Chapter 30. Function theory in balls
    • Chapter 31. Holomorphic maps from $\mathbb C^n$ to $\mathbb C^n$
  • Reviews
     
     
    • It is a real pleasure to read this book and to admire the charming personal style we have come to know from Rudin's textbooks, monographs and articles. The book is strongly recommended not only to analysts, but also to all mathematicians as well as historians.

      European Mathematical Society Newsletter
    • Of noteworthy significance.

      Zentralblatt MATH
    • With this memoir, Rudin gives the entire mathematical community a chance to make his acquaintance both mathematically and personally, and a very worthwhile acquaintance it is. The biographical section … is fascinating … It's what the literary critics call “a good read” … this book is a delight to read and will also help to inspire and guide young analysts in the path of wisdom. You will not want to miss a single page of it … recommend it to everyone.

      Mathematical Reviews
    • Enlightening … fascinating book!

      Palle Jorgensen
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Volume: 121997; 191 pp
MSC: Primary 01;

Walter Rudin's memoirs should prove to be a delightful read specifically to mathematicians, but also to historians who are interested in learning about his colorful history and ancestry. Characterized by his personal style of elegance, clarity, and brevity, Rudin presents in the first part of the book his early memories about his family history, his boyhood in Vienna throughout the 1920s and 1930s, and his experiences during World War II.

Part II offers samples of his work, in which he relates where problems came from, what their solutions led to, and who else was involved. As those who are familiar with Rudin's writing will recognize, he brings to this book the same care, depth, and originality that is the hallmark of his work.

Readership

Historians and general mathematical audience.

  • Part I
  • Prologue
  • Chapter 1. Earliest memories
  • Chapter 2. The family
  • Chapter 3. Schools
  • Chapter 4. Inventions
  • Chapter 5. Vacations
  • Chapter 6. A bit of history
  • Chapter 6. Outlaws
  • Chapter 8. Switzerland
  • Chapter 9. Paris and Paramé
  • Chapter 10. Internments
  • Chapter 11. Escape
  • Chapter 12. Vichy France
  • Chapter 13. De Gaulle’s army
  • Chapter 14. Pioneer Corps
  • Chapter 15. Navy
  • Chapter 16. Avignon
  • Chapter 17. War’s end
  • Chapter 18. Duke University
  • Chapter 19. M.I.T.
  • Chapter 20. Rochester
  • Epilogue
  • Map and photographs
  • Part II
  • Chapter 21. Interchanging limit processes
  • Chapter 22. Function algebras
  • Chapter 23. Misteaks
  • Chapter 24. $\beta \mathbb N$ and $CH$ and all that
  • Chapter 25. Idempotent measures
  • Chapter 26. Riemann sums
  • Chapter 27. Power series with gaps
  • Chapter 28. Trigonometric series with gaps
  • Chapter 29. Function theory in polydiscs
  • Chapter 30. Function theory in balls
  • Chapter 31. Holomorphic maps from $\mathbb C^n$ to $\mathbb C^n$
  • It is a real pleasure to read this book and to admire the charming personal style we have come to know from Rudin's textbooks, monographs and articles. The book is strongly recommended not only to analysts, but also to all mathematicians as well as historians.

    European Mathematical Society Newsletter
  • Of noteworthy significance.

    Zentralblatt MATH
  • With this memoir, Rudin gives the entire mathematical community a chance to make his acquaintance both mathematically and personally, and a very worthwhile acquaintance it is. The biographical section … is fascinating … It's what the literary critics call “a good read” … this book is a delight to read and will also help to inspire and guide young analysts in the path of wisdom. You will not want to miss a single page of it … recommend it to everyone.

    Mathematical Reviews
  • Enlightening … fascinating book!

    Palle Jorgensen
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