The thesis of Sofya, the Cauchy–Kovalevskaya theorem

  • Michèle Audin


When in October 1872 Sofya explained to Weierstraß that her marriage was purely formal, he understood that she was not destined to remain an amateur mathematician supported by her husband but that she would have need of employment and thus of a diploma, and he decided to have her submit a thesis. There is general agreement, following Mittag–Leffler [1923], that this is what he wanted to convey to Sofya when he wrote on the morning of 26 October 1872 [Bölling 1993, letter 8]:


Cauchy Data Comptes Rendus Abelian Function Mozzarella Cheese Abelian Integral 
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Authors and Affiliations

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

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