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History of Mathematics 2014; 231 pp; hardcover Volume: 40 ISBN10: 1470410761 ISBN13: 9781470410766 List Price: US$39 Member Price: US$31.20 Order Code: HMATH/40 See also: Stefan Banach: Remarkable Life, Brilliant Mathematics  Emilia Jakimowicz and Adam Miranowicz  The fame of the Polish school at Lvov rests with the diverse and fundamental contributions of Polish mathematicians working there during the interwar years. In particular, despite material hardship and without a notable mathematical tradition, the school made major contributions to what is now called functional analysis. The results and names of Banach, Kac, Kuratowski, Mazur, Nikodym, Orlicz, Schauder, Sierpiński, Steinhaus, and Ulam, among others, now appear in all the standard textbooks. The vibrant joie de vivre and singular ambience of Lvov's once scintillating social scene are evocatively recaptured in personal recollections. The heyday of the famous Scottish Caféunquestionably the most mathematically productive cafeteria of all timeand its precious Scottish Book of highly influential problems are described in detail, revealing the special synergy of scholarship and camaraderie that permanently elevated Polish mathematics from utter obscurity to global prominence. This chronicle of the Lvov schoolits legacy and the tumultuous historical events which defined its lifespanwill appeal equally to mathematicians, historians, or general readers seeking a cultural and institutional overview of key aspects of twentiethcentury Polish mathematics not described anywhere else in the extant Englishlanguage literature. Readership Undergraduate, graduate, and research mathematicians interested in the history of mathematics and the Polish history of sciences. Reviews "Many journal articles have been devoted to various aspects of mathematics in Lwów or to biographies of Lwów mathematicians, but Duda's book is the first comprehensive exposition. It is a mustread for everyone interested in the history of functional analysis or of mathematics in Poland, where the original Polish edition from 2007 ... has been highly successful. There is good reason to assume that the English version will be likewise successful."  Dirk Werner, ZMATH "This book gives the history of Lvov as a mathematical center, from preWWI to Soviet and Ukrainian times, looking especially at the interwar golden age and the special favorable environment for mathematical scholarship. The author also describes the ways in which the Soviets and Germans destroyed this rich environment. The book includes a list, with biographical sketches, of mathematicians associated with Lvov, and a Lvov biography. It was a special time and place for mathematics, disrupted by war and politics and oppression and murder, and one wonders what more could have been achieved in a peaceful environment."  CHOICE Reviews "The book under review is well and carefully written. The translation from Polish into English is polished and lively. ... I highly recommend the book for all university libraries, and I recommend it to those interested in the history of mathematics. The general mathematical reader will find it an entertaining and informative story about mathematicians and a truly extraordinary mathematical community."  Henry Heatherly, MAA Reviews 


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