The Unreal Life of Oscar Zariski records the life of Oscar Zariski that is based upon Carol Parikh's interviews with his family, colleagues, students, and his own memories from tape-recorded interviews conducted before his death in 1986.
This book describes Oscar Zariski's work in mathematics that perpetually altered the foundations of algebraic geometry. The powerful tools he forged from the ideas of algebra allowed him to penetrate classical problems with a clarity and depth that brought a rigor to the way algebraic geometers carry out proofs. The strength of his work was matched by his forcefulness as a teacher, and the students he trained at Johns Hopkins and later at Harvard have made essential contributions to many areas of mathematics.
This publication is beneficial to students and researchers interested in Oscar Zariski’s life and work in mathematics.
Foreword A Foreword for Non-Mathematicians
Chapter 1 That Darling Old Lady
Chapter 2 Birds Whirling like Numbers
Chapter 3 Three Great Mathematicians
Chapter 4 Reading Pushkin and Dante
Chapter 5 "Oscar, you are not one of us."
Chapter 6 Walking with Lefschetz
Chapter 7 A Voyage of Discovery
Chapter 8 "The Algebra Which Sheds Light on Geometry"
Chapter 9 A Citizen of the World of Mathematics
Chapter 10 The Resolution of Some Singularities
Chapter 11 A Land of Intellectual Cannibals
Chapter 12 "A Superb Audience of One
Chapter 13 Normal Points of a Variety
Chapter 14 The Pure Pleasure of It
Chapter 15 An Attack on the Theory of Linear Systems
Chapter 16 Tying Bells on Characteristic Zero
Chapter 17 A Feeling of Awe
Chapter 18 The Depth of His Attachment
Appendix A A Discussion of Zariski's Work
Appendix B Bibliography of Oscar Zariski
Index of Names
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- © Academic Press 1991
- 28th December 1990
- Academic Press
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