After Brouwer was ousted from the Mathematische Annalen board, he more or less withdrew from the international scene. The most surprising and unexpected correspondence concerns Brouwer’s second call to Göttingen (1934). A second issue was Brouwer’s founding of a new mathematics journal, Compositio Mathematica. Brouwer refused to yield to certain pressure to bar Jewish mathematicians from the editorial board. The sudden and unexpected return of Brouwer with a proof of the triangulation theorem for differentiable manifolds was the cause of some friction with Freudenthal. The lack of scientific correspondence was partially caused by his involvement in the exposure of an international investment fraud (not adopted in the book).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dirk van Dalen
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  1. 1.Utrecht UniversityUtrechtThe Netherlands

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