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Book Details2014; 224 ppMSC: Primary 01;
Vladimir Arnold, an eminent mathematician of our time, is known both for his mathematical results, which are many and prominent, and for his strong opinions, often expressed in an uncompromising and provoking manner. His dictum that “Mathematics is a part of physics where experiments are cheap” is well known.
This book consists of two parts: selected articles by and an interview with Vladimir Arnold, and a collection of articles about him written by his friends, colleagues, and students. The book is generously illustrated by a large collection of photographs, some never before published. The book presents many a facet of this extraordinary mathematician and man, from his mathematical discoveries to his daredevil outdoor adventures.ReadershipMathematicians of all levels: teachers, researchers, graduate and undergraduate students, and other scientists interested in the recent history and ideology of mathematics.

Table of Contents

Part 1. By Arnold

Chapter 1. Arnold in his own words

Chapter 2. From Hilbert’s superposition problem to dynamical systems

Chapter 3. Recollections

Chapter 4. Polymathematics: Is mathematics a single science or a set of arts?

Chapter 5. A mathematical trivium

Chapter 6. Comments on “A Mathematical Trivium”

Chapter 7. About Vladimir Abramovich Rokhlin

Photographs of V. I. Arnold

Photo Section I: 1940s1970s

Photo Section II: 1980s–1990s

Photo Section III: 2000s

Part 2. About Arnold

Chapter 8. To whom it may concern

Chapter 9. Remembering Vladimir Arnold: Early years

Chapter 10. Vladimir I. Arnold

Chapter 11. Memories of Vladimir Arnold

Chapter 12. Dima Arnold in my life

Chapter 13. V. I. Arnold, as I have seen him

Chapter 14. My encounters with Vladimir Igorevich Arnold

Chapter 15. On V. I. Arnold and hydrodynamics

Chapter 16. Arnold’s seminar, first years

Chapter 17. Topology in Arnold’s work

Chapter 18. Arnold and symplectic geometry

Chapter 19. Some recollections of Vladimir Igorevich

Chapter 20. Remembering V. I. Arnold

Chapter 21. Several thoughts about Arnold

Chapter 22. Vladimir Igorevich Arnold: A view from the rear bench


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Vladimir Arnold, an eminent mathematician of our time, is known both for his mathematical results, which are many and prominent, and for his strong opinions, often expressed in an uncompromising and provoking manner. His dictum that “Mathematics is a part of physics where experiments are cheap” is well known.
This book consists of two parts: selected articles by and an interview with Vladimir Arnold, and a collection of articles about him written by his friends, colleagues, and students. The book is generously illustrated by a large collection of photographs, some never before published. The book presents many a facet of this extraordinary mathematician and man, from his mathematical discoveries to his daredevil outdoor adventures.
Mathematicians of all levels: teachers, researchers, graduate and undergraduate students, and other scientists interested in the recent history and ideology of mathematics.

Part 1. By Arnold

Chapter 1. Arnold in his own words

Chapter 2. From Hilbert’s superposition problem to dynamical systems

Chapter 3. Recollections

Chapter 4. Polymathematics: Is mathematics a single science or a set of arts?

Chapter 5. A mathematical trivium

Chapter 6. Comments on “A Mathematical Trivium”

Chapter 7. About Vladimir Abramovich Rokhlin

Photographs of V. I. Arnold

Photo Section I: 1940s1970s

Photo Section II: 1980s–1990s

Photo Section III: 2000s

Part 2. About Arnold

Chapter 8. To whom it may concern

Chapter 9. Remembering Vladimir Arnold: Early years

Chapter 10. Vladimir I. Arnold

Chapter 11. Memories of Vladimir Arnold

Chapter 12. Dima Arnold in my life

Chapter 13. V. I. Arnold, as I have seen him

Chapter 14. My encounters with Vladimir Igorevich Arnold

Chapter 15. On V. I. Arnold and hydrodynamics

Chapter 16. Arnold’s seminar, first years

Chapter 17. Topology in Arnold’s work

Chapter 18. Arnold and symplectic geometry

Chapter 19. Some recollections of Vladimir Igorevich

Chapter 20. Remembering V. I. Arnold

Chapter 21. Several thoughts about Arnold

Chapter 22. Vladimir Igorevich Arnold: A view from the rear bench