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Author Audin, Michèle.

Title Remembering Sofya Kovalevskaya / Michèle Audin
Published London ; New York : Springer, [2011]
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Description 1 online resource (ix, 284 pages) : illustrations, portraits
Contents Sofya's chronology -- Sofya's names -- Stories -- The thesis of Sofya, the Cauchy-Kovalevskaya theorem -- The Solid -- A letter to Mittag-Leffler -- Stockholm -- A letter to Vollmar -- The Bordin prize and Sofya's reputation -- The women of Men of mathematics -- I remember Sofya, by George, Gösta, Julia and all the rest -- I too remember Sofya -- Bibliography
Summary Sofia Kovalevskaya was a brilliant and determined young Russian woman of the 19th century who wanted to become a mathematician and who succeeded, in often difficult circumstances, in becoming arguably the first woman to have a professional university career in the way we understand it today. This memoir, written by a mathematician who specialises in symplectic geometry and integrable systems, is a personal exploration of the life, the writings and the mathematical achievements of a remarkable woman. It emphasises the originality of Kovalevskaya's work and assesses her legacy and reputation as a mathematician and scientist. Her ideas are explained in a way that is accessible to a general audience, with diagrams, marginal notes and commentary to help explain the mathematical concepts and provide context. This fascinating book, which also examines Kovalevskaya's love of literature, will be of interest to historians looking for a treatment of the mathematics, and those doing feminist or gender studies
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 261-274) and index
Notes English
Subject Kovalevskai͡a, S. V. (Sofʹi͡a Vasilʹevna), 1850-1891.
Women mathematicians -- Russia -- Biography.
Genre/Form Biography.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 085729928X (print)
0857299298 (electronic bk.)
9780857299284 (print)
9780857299291 (electronic bk.)
Other Titles Souvenirs sur Sofia Kovalevskaya. English