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  • Paperback: 490 pages
  • Publisher: Birkhäuser; 2001 edition (March 23, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3764360526
  • ISBN-13: 978-3764360528
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 1.1 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #416,948 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Laurent Schwartz is a strategist of ideas, within mathematics and without. He is a great communicator who has drawn huge audiences and conveyed to them the fragrance of research, or the joy of teaching, or the value of freedom. His is a mind whose company is never dull. He belongs to the great libertarian tradition of France. And his book has the very French characteristic of giving serious consideration to the life of the intellect. No man’s life can be encompassed in one telling, yet the spirit of the man and his times are well caught in his autobiography."

—Notices of the AMS (on the French edition)

"The chapters of Laurent Schwartz's autobiography are . . . filled with rich descriptions of events and the 'players.' His development as a mathematician and active member of the international mathematical community was a fascinating journey, aptly conveyed with a writing style that really gives the reader the feel of a fellow traveler."

—MAA Online (on the English edition)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By "jbeuh" on October 29, 2000
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This book is as fascinating to anyone interested in mathematics as any other mathematician's biography, with the extra asset of his life being deeply imbedded in 20th century history. While it gives a most interesting account of the French and international mathematical world during the second half of the century (especially on Bourbaki and, of course, on the distributions), it also tales the story of a "committed" (formerly trotskist) intellectual who valued his struggle for decolonization as high as his mathematical work.
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