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Kolmogorov in Perspective
A co-publication of the AMS and the London Mathematical Society.

History of Mathematics
2000; 230 pp; softcover
Volume: 20
ISBN-10: 0-8218-2918-1
ISBN-13: 978-0-8218-2918-9
List Price: US$56
Member Price: US$44.80
Order Code: HMATH/20.S
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The editorial board for the History of Mathematics series has selected for this volume a series of translations from two Russian publications, Kolmogorov in Remembrance and Mathematics and its Historical Development. This book, Kolmogorov in Perspective, includes articles written by Kolmogorov's students and colleagues and his personal accounts of shared experiences and lifelong mathematical friendships. Specifically, the article, "Andreĭ Nikolaevich Kolmogorov. A Biographical Sketch of His Life and Creative Paths" by A. N. Shiryaev, gives an excellent personal and scientific biography of Kolmogorov. The volume also includes the following articles: "On A. N. Kolmogorov" by V. I. Arnol'd, "In Memory of A. N. Kolmogorov" by S. M. Nikol'skiĭ, "Remembrances of A. N. Kolmogorov" by Ya. G. Sinaĭ, "The Influence of Andreĭ Nikolaevich Kolmogorov on My Life" by P. L. Ul'yanov, "A Few Words on A. N. Kolmogorov" by P. S. Aleksandrov, "Memories of P. S. Aleksandrov" by A. N. Kolmogorov, "Newton and Contemporary Mathematical Thought" by A. N. Kolmogorov, and an extensive bibliography with the complete list of Kolmogorov's works--including the articles written for encyclopedias and newspapers. The book is illustrated with photographs and includes quotations from Kolmogorov's letters and conversations, uniquely reflecting his mathematical tastes and opinions.


Graduate students, mathematicians, and historians.


"The translations in the present work convey the nuances of the Russian original very well ... The selection of materials gives a very good presentation of Kolmogorov's life, thought, and influence."

-- Mathematical Reviews

"An excellent account of the mathematician's life and achievements ... Book hardly needs any recommendation to mathematicians."

-- Mathematica Bohemica

"This interesting volume extensive biographical sketch of Kolmogorov's life and works...The excellent. the book with fascination."

-- Paul M.B. Vitanyi, Springer

Table of Contents

  • A. N. Shiryaev -- Andreĭ Nikolaevich Kolmogorov (April 25, 1903 to October 20, 1987). A biographical sketch of his life and creative paths
  • V. I. Arnol'd -- On A. N. Kolmogorov
  • S. M. Nikol'skiĭ -- In memory of A. N. Kolmogorov
  • Ya. G. Sinaĭ -- Remembrances of A. N. Kolmogorov
  • P. L. Ul'yanov -- The influence of Andreĭ Nikolaevich Kolmogorov on my life
  • P. S. Aleksandrov -- A few words on A. N. Kolmogorov
  • A. N. Kolmogorov -- Memories of P. S. Aleksandrov
  • A. N. Kolmogorov -- Newton and contemporary mathematical thought
  • Bibliography
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