Gösta Mittag-Leffler: A Man of Conviction by Arild Stubhaug

By Arild Stubhaug

Gösta Mittag-Leffler (1846–1927) performed an important position at the global degree as either a scientist and entrepreneur. considered as the daddy of Swedish arithmetic, his effect prolonged a long way past his selected box as a result of his wide community of overseas contacts in technological know-how, company, and the humanities. His social circles incorporated such luminaries as Selma Lagerlöf, Albert Einstein, Sonya Kovalevsky, Alfred Nobel, Karl Weierstrass, Henri Poincaré, and Marie Curie. (He used to be instrumental in seeing to it that the latter was once provided the Nobel Prize, no longer as soon as yet twice.) one in all Mittag-Leffler’s significant accomplishments was once the founding of the magazine Acta Mathematica in 1882. this present day the magazine continues to be released by way of Institut Mittag-Leffler and Sweden’s Royal Academy of Sciences, and it is still some of the most prestigious journals in arithmetic. Arild Stubhaug’s study for this huge biography of the Swedish mathematician depended on a wealth of basic and secondary assets, together with greater than 30000 letters which are a part of the Mittag-Leffler documents. Written in a lucid and compelling demeanour, the biography includes many hitherto unknown evidence approximately Mittag-Leffler’s own existence endeavors. it will likely be of significant curiosity to either mathematicians and common readers attracted to technology and culture.

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1007/978-3-642-11672-8_3, © Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2010 41 42 Family and Childhood lineage was Anders Leffler, born in 1716. He married Margareta Charlotta Ekebom, and they settled in Göteborg, where Anders held a prominent position within the customs service. Their son, Johan Håkon Leffler, who was born in 1745, became an important man in Göteborg’s business world. From Johan and his wife, Elisabeth Kullman (the niece of the industrialist and scientist A. A. Hülphers) would come seven powerful branches of the family, with offspring who even in Mittag-Leffler’s day had already moved to all corners of the world.

Because of financial considerations, however, the plans were put aside after World War I. Even so, there were several reasons why Mittag-Leffler would have benefited from having a book storehouse that could have also functioned as an elegant banquet hall. His book collections continued to grow, both with new publications within all branches of mathematics, and with older, valuable volumes and costly manuscript collections. Gradually more secretaries were hired to keep the library up-to-date and in order.

Scholars with various kinds of expertise and at different stages in their careers come to Djursholm and to the various scientific programs. Visitors include the world’s foremost mathematicians within specific fields, scholars who have completed their doctoral degrees, and students who are in the last phases of their doctoral research. All of them are engaged in the same profession. The idea behind inviting visiting scholars is to make possible collaborative projects that include mathematicians from all over the world.

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