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Peano

Life and Works of Giuseppe Peano

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Part of the Studies in the History of Modern Science book series (SHMS, volume 4)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Hubert C. Kennedy
    Pages 1-2
  3. Hubert C. Kennedy
    Pages 3-6
  4. Hubert C. Kennedy
    Pages 7-19
  5. Hubert C. Kennedy
    Pages 20-34
  6. Hubert C. Kennedy
    Pages 35-43
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    Pages 44-50
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    Pages 51-55
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    Pages 56-63
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  19. Hubert C. Kennedy
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About this book

Introduction

All students of mathematics know of Peano's postulates for the natural numbers and his famous space-filling curve, yet their knowledge often stops there. Part of the reason is that there has not until now been a full-scale study of his life and works. This must surely be surprising, when one realizes the length of his academic career (over 50 years) and the extent of his publica­ tions (over 200) in a wide variety of fields, many of which had immediate and long-term effects on the development of modern mathematics. A study of his life seems long overdue. It appeared to me that the most likely person to write a biography of Peano would be his devoted disciple Ugo Cassina, with whom I studied at the University of Milan in 1957-58. I wrote to Professor Cassina on 29 October, 1963, inquiring if he planned to write the biography, and I offered him my assistance, since I hoped to return to Italy for a year. He replied on 28 November, 1963, suggesting that we collaborate, meaning by this that I would write the biography, in English, using his material and advice. I gladly agreed to this suggestion, but work on the project had hardly begun when Professor Cassina died unexpectedly on 5 October, 1964. I then decided to continue the project on my own. I spent the academic year 1966-67 in Turin; completion of the book took ten years.

Keywords

DEX Gottlob Frege Natural Project Volterra development form knowledge mathematics university

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of MathematicsProvidence CollegeProvidenceUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Peano
  • Book Subtitle Life and Works of Giuseppe Peano
  • Editors H. Kennedy
  • Series Title Studies in the History of Modern Science
  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-009-8984-9
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1980
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-90-277-1067-3
  • Softcover ISBN 978-90-277-1068-0
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-009-8984-9
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XII, 231
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics History, general
    Philosophy of Science
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