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Lipman Bers, a Life in Mathematics
 
Edited by: Linda Keen Lehman College and the Graduate Center, CUNY, New York, NY
Irwin Kra Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY
Rubí E. Rodríguez Universidad de La Frontera, Temuco, Chile
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Lipman Bers, a Life in Mathematics
Edited by: Linda Keen Lehman College and the Graduate Center, CUNY, New York, NY
Irwin Kra Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY
Rubí E. Rodríguez Universidad de La Frontera, Temuco, Chile
Available Formats:
Softcover ISBN:  978-1-4704-2056-7
Product Code:  MBK/93
329 pp 
List Price: $47.00
MAA Member Price: $42.30
AMS Member Price: $37.60
Electronic ISBN:  978-1-4704-2497-8
Product Code:  MBK/93.E
329 pp 
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MAA Member Price: $39.60
AMS Member Price: $35.20
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  • Book Details
     
     
    2015
    MSC: Primary 01; 30;

    The book is part biography and part collection of mathematical essays that gives the reader a perspective on the evolution of an interesting mathematical life. It is all about Lipman Bers, a giant in the mathematical world who lived in turbulent and exciting times. It captures the essence of his mathematics, a development and transition from applied mathematics to complex analysis—quasiconformal mappings and moduli of Riemann surfaces—and the essence of his personality, a progression from a young revolutionary refugee to an elder statesman in the world of mathematics and a fighter for global human rights and the end of political torture.

    The book contains autobiographical material and short reprints of his work. The main content is in the exposition of his research contributions, sometimes with novel points of view, by students, grand-students, and colleagues. The research described was fundamental to the growth of a central part of 20th century mathematics that, now in the 21st century, is in a healthy state with much current interest and activity. The addition of personal recollections, professional tributes, and photographs yields a picture of a man, his personal and professional family, and his time.

    Readership

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

  • Table of Contents
     
     
    • Chapters
    • Pages from a memoir
    • Lipman Bers and partial differential equations
    • Bers—From graduate student to quasiconformal mapper
    • Measurable Riemann mappings
    • The Ahlfors-Bers creation of the modern theory of Kleinian groups—A small acorn grows to a mighty oak
    • The Bers embedding and (some of) its ramifications
    • Lipman Bers, a retrospective
    • The Weil-Petersson geometry of a family of Riemann surfaces
    • Legacy of work of Bers on the mapping class group
    • Bers’ pants decomposition theorem
    • Dennis Sullivan and Jeremy Kahn reminiscences
    • Bers embeddings, skinning maps and hyperbolic geometry
    • On the early history of moduli and Teichmüller spaces
    • Reprint of Correction to “Spaces of Riemann surfaces as bounded domains”
    • Reprint of The migration of European mathematicians to America
    • Reprint of Lipman Bers May 22, 1914–October 29, 1993
    • Reprint of Remembering Lipman Bers
    • Reprint of Lipman Bers, a mathematical mentor
  • Reviews
     
     
    • [T]his is a fascinating book in which one can get lost, but it seems a must for anyone interested in Riemann surfaces, quasiconformal mappings, Teichmüller theory, and deformation spaces, and, in particular, the history and developments of these subjects, but more generally also the history of mathematics and mathematicians between Europe and the US in the last century.

      Bruno P. Zimmermann, Mathematical Reviews
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2015
MSC: Primary 01; 30;

The book is part biography and part collection of mathematical essays that gives the reader a perspective on the evolution of an interesting mathematical life. It is all about Lipman Bers, a giant in the mathematical world who lived in turbulent and exciting times. It captures the essence of his mathematics, a development and transition from applied mathematics to complex analysis—quasiconformal mappings and moduli of Riemann surfaces—and the essence of his personality, a progression from a young revolutionary refugee to an elder statesman in the world of mathematics and a fighter for global human rights and the end of political torture.

The book contains autobiographical material and short reprints of his work. The main content is in the exposition of his research contributions, sometimes with novel points of view, by students, grand-students, and colleagues. The research described was fundamental to the growth of a central part of 20th century mathematics that, now in the 21st century, is in a healthy state with much current interest and activity. The addition of personal recollections, professional tributes, and photographs yields a picture of a man, his personal and professional family, and his time.

Readership

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

  • Chapters
  • Pages from a memoir
  • Lipman Bers and partial differential equations
  • Bers—From graduate student to quasiconformal mapper
  • Measurable Riemann mappings
  • The Ahlfors-Bers creation of the modern theory of Kleinian groups—A small acorn grows to a mighty oak
  • The Bers embedding and (some of) its ramifications
  • Lipman Bers, a retrospective
  • The Weil-Petersson geometry of a family of Riemann surfaces
  • Legacy of work of Bers on the mapping class group
  • Bers’ pants decomposition theorem
  • Dennis Sullivan and Jeremy Kahn reminiscences
  • Bers embeddings, skinning maps and hyperbolic geometry
  • On the early history of moduli and Teichmüller spaces
  • Reprint of Correction to “Spaces of Riemann surfaces as bounded domains”
  • Reprint of The migration of European mathematicians to America
  • Reprint of Lipman Bers May 22, 1914–October 29, 1993
  • Reprint of Remembering Lipman Bers
  • Reprint of Lipman Bers, a mathematical mentor
  • [T]his is a fascinating book in which one can get lost, but it seems a must for anyone interested in Riemann surfaces, quasiconformal mappings, Teichmüller theory, and deformation spaces, and, in particular, the history and developments of these subjects, but more generally also the history of mathematics and mathematicians between Europe and the US in the last century.

    Bruno P. Zimmermann, Mathematical Reviews
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