Sofya’s names



We can discuss ad infinitum how to write this mathematician’s name, and I believe that a name is important. So I dedicated this brief chapter to Sofya’s names. I take it on principle that the person involved should be the one who chooses … In present–day France women have a bit more choice than do men, the name of the father, of the husband (1) … In the case of Sofya–very definitely a case–this choice has been multiplied by the passage from Cyrillic to Latin.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institut de recherche mathématique avancéeUniversité de Strasbourg et CNRSStrasbourg CedexFrance

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