A letter to Mittag-Leffler

  • Michèle Audin


What is this about? In December 1884 Sofya, who went to spend Christmas in Berlin, writes to Mittag-Leffler, who is in Paris, a rather long letter. Like all Sofya’s letters to Gösta, this one belongs to the Mittag-Leffler Institute. Reinhard Bölling was kind enough to send me a copy, which I had requested because I had read an allusion to the mathematics it contains in [Kozlov 2000] (there is a translation into Russian of Sofya’s correspondence with Mittag-Leffler [Yushkevich 1984]); I found right off that it is a very beautiful letter, and I am very happy to have authorization to publish it here: it contains personal and social apects that will clarify other chapters of this book. Above all it contains very interesting mathematical remarks. Its mathematical content was reproduced by Pelageya Kochina [1985, p. 293], and it is the mathematical formulas of this letter that appear on the cover of her book. The English translation here is directly from the original French.


Elliptic Curve Elliptic Curf Elliptic Function Theta Function Meromorphic Solution 
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Authors and Affiliations

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

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