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Lars Ahlfors — At the Summit of Mathematics
 
Olli Lehto University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland
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Lars Ahlfors — At the Summit of Mathematics
Olli Lehto University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland
Available Formats:
Softcover ISBN:  978-1-4704-1846-5
Product Code:  MBK/92
125 pp 
List Price: $42.00
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AMS Member Price: $33.60
Electronic ISBN:  978-1-4704-2353-7
Product Code:  MBK/92.E
125 pp 
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  • Book Details
     
     
    2015
    MSC: Primary 01;
    Readership

    Undergraduate and graduate students and research mathematicians interested in the history of mathematics.

  • Table of Contents
     
     
    • Chapters
    • Family background
    • Exceptional talent emerges
    • Mathematical renown secured
    • To America and back again
    • War years in Finland
    • In Sweden and Switzerland
    • Professorship at Harvard University
    • The legacy of Riemann and Teichmüller
    • New research and return to the old
    • Distinctions
    • Additions to the portrait
    • Epilogue in Finland
  • Reviews
     
     
    • Olli Lehto has given us a first-rate biography, running from a brief review of Ahlfors' ancestry through to his centennial celebration. Lehto has succeeded in avoiding the twin pitfalls of so much information as to risk being tedious, or so much brevity as to leave the reader with nothing to work with. Instead we are given enough insight to feel that we have got to know Ahlfors as a person, and some notion of the mathematics he created. ...In reading this book, I came to like Ahlfors as a person, to admire his mathematics even more than previously, and was prompted to go off and read more of his works. I can offer no better recommendation.

      David Sixsmith, London Mathematical Society
    • Ahlfors was a living legend, and although he was known to outsiders, i.e. non analysts, primarily through the effect of his [classic text on complex analysis], there was, and is, a lot more to be told about his fascinating life. We now have a compact, readable, and mathematically meaningful biography by Olli Lehto, another Finn, another analyst, another member of Nevanlinna's circle, and a very close friend of Ahlfors. It doesn't get any better than that.

      MAA Online
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2015
MSC: Primary 01;
Readership

Undergraduate and graduate students and research mathematicians interested in the history of mathematics.

  • Chapters
  • Family background
  • Exceptional talent emerges
  • Mathematical renown secured
  • To America and back again
  • War years in Finland
  • In Sweden and Switzerland
  • Professorship at Harvard University
  • The legacy of Riemann and Teichmüller
  • New research and return to the old
  • Distinctions
  • Additions to the portrait
  • Epilogue in Finland
  • Olli Lehto has given us a first-rate biography, running from a brief review of Ahlfors' ancestry through to his centennial celebration. Lehto has succeeded in avoiding the twin pitfalls of so much information as to risk being tedious, or so much brevity as to leave the reader with nothing to work with. Instead we are given enough insight to feel that we have got to know Ahlfors as a person, and some notion of the mathematics he created. ...In reading this book, I came to like Ahlfors as a person, to admire his mathematics even more than previously, and was prompted to go off and read more of his works. I can offer no better recommendation.

    David Sixsmith, London Mathematical Society
  • Ahlfors was a living legend, and although he was known to outsiders, i.e. non analysts, primarily through the effect of his [classic text on complex analysis], there was, and is, a lot more to be told about his fascinating life. We now have a compact, readable, and mathematically meaningful biography by Olli Lehto, another Finn, another analyst, another member of Nevanlinna's circle, and a very close friend of Ahlfors. It doesn't get any better than that.

    MAA Online
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