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By Alexander Soifer

Bartel Leendert van der Waerden made significant contributions to algebraic geometry, summary algebra, quantum mechanics, and different fields. He liberally released at the background of arithmetic. His 2-volume paintings glossy Algebra is among the so much influential and renowned mathematical books ever written. it's hence incredible that no monograph has been devoted to his lifestyles and paintings. Van der Waerden’s list is complicated. In trying to comprehend his existence, the writer assembled millions of records from a variety of data in Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland and the U.S. which published interesting and infrequently impressive new information regarding van der Waerden. Soifer lines Van der Waerden’s early years in a relatives of significant Dutch public servants, his lifestyles as professor in Leipzig in the course of the whole Nazi interval, and his own friendship with one of many nice physicists Werner Heisenberg. We come across heroes and villains and a way more various crew in among those extremes. one in every of them is the topic of this book.

Soifer’s trip via a protracted record of records, mixed with a radical correspondence, had exposed a variety of info of Van der Waerden’s German intermezzo that raised severe questions and reproaches.

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467 Chapter 1 Greetings to the Reader: What Is History? The past is never dead. It’s not even past. —William Faulkner3 Life travels upward in spirals. He who takes pains to search the shadows of the past below us, then, can better judge the tiny arc up which he climbs, more surely guess the dim curves of the future above him. —Stefan Zweig4 He alone reads history aright who, observing how powerfully circumstances influence the feelings and opinions of men, how often vices pass into virtues and paradoxes into axioms, learns to distinguish what is accidental and transitory in human nature from what is essential and immutable.

Carla, a TV producer, married the well-known journalist Johannes Christiaan Jan (Han) Lammers, who was an active member of PvdA just like his father-in-law Coen. He served as an Alderman of the City of Amsterdam and later, in 1985, became Queen Beatrix’ High Commissioner (1986–1996) of the large new province Flevoland recovered from the sea. Theo studied Law at the University of Amsterdam and became Director of the Dutch Cocoa and Chocolate Association. Dorien became a painter. I have learned much about Bart’s youngest brother Benno (Ben) and his heroic conduct during the Nazi period in Germany and the German occupation of Holland from his daughter Dorith [WaD0]: My father, Benno, born 2 October 1909, died 9 of May 1987.

425 42 The Scholar and the State . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 437 43 Farewell to the Reader: “I Hope and I Hope” . . . . . . 445 List of Illustrations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 451 References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 455 Index . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 467 Chapter 1 Greetings to the Reader: What Is History? The past is never dead. It’s not even past.

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