The Unreal Life of Oscar Zariski - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780125450300, 9781483265728

The Unreal Life of Oscar Zariski

1st Edition

Authors: Carol Parikh
eBook ISBN: 9781483265728
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 28th December 1990
Page Count: 292
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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.

Table of Contents



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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