Mathematicians Fleeing from Nazi Germany: Individual Fates by Reinhard Siegmund-Schultze

By Reinhard Siegmund-Schultze

The emigration of mathematicians from Europe in the course of the Nazi period signaled an irrevocable and significant ancient shift for the overseas arithmetic global. Mathematicians Fleeing from Nazi Germany is the 1st completely documented account of this exodus. during this tremendously extended translation of the 1998 German variation, Reinhard Siegmund-Schultze describes the flight of greater than one hundred forty mathematicians, their purposes for leaving, the political and financial concerns concerned, the reception of those emigrants by means of numerous nations, and the emigrants' carrying on with contributions to arithmetic. The inflow of those terrific thinkers to different countries profoundly reconfigured the math international and vaulted the us right into a new management function in arithmetic examine. in accordance with archival resources that experience by no means been tested ahead of, the ebook discusses the preeminent emigrant mathematicians of the interval, together with Emmy Noether, John von Neumann, Hermann Weyl, etc. the writer explores the mechanisms of the expulsion of mathematicians from Germany, the emigrants' acculturation to their new host international locations, and the fates of these mathematicians compelled to stick at the back of. The ebook unearths the alienation and team spirit of the emigrants, and investigates the worldwide improvement of arithmetic on account of their radical migration. An in-depth but obtainable examine arithmetic either as a systematic firm and human pastime, Mathematicians Fleeing from Nazi Germany presents a shiny photograph of a severe bankruptcy within the background of foreign technology.

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Counterfactual” is meant to signify the hypothesis that history could have developed otherwise, “contrary to the facts” that really occurred. 27 Economic reasons, which in a certain sense are certainly also political, were becoming less an issue with the partial recovery of the economy in Nazi Germany in the late 1930s, when the chances for mathematicians, who were “Aryan” by Nazi standard, gradually improved. 28 See particularly chapter 3 on early emigration. 29 But von Kármán’s relations with emigrants as documented in his rich archives at the California Institute of Technology are a crucial source also for the present book.

Lánczos and W. Romberg (see below) due to their contributions to numerical analysis. 6 Even less so, of course, are experimental or theoretical physicists included. For the difference between “theoretical” and “mathematical” physicists see Schweber (1986). There the name “mathematical physicist” is described, following some distinction introduced by E. U. Condon, as “a name that characterizes him by his tools rather than by his function” (p. 66). 7 The latter applies for instance to theoretical physicist Fritz London (1900–1954).

But Nelson’s Kantianism was—from the perspective of the Vienna Circle—still affected by metaphysical beliefs. See Peckhaus (1990). Incidentally, Gödel, with his Platonist views, was himself increasingly distant with the Vienna Circle. 4. 11 See Menger (1994) and Szaniawski, ed. (1989). 12 On the restriction of international contacts of German mathematicians after 1933 consult Behnke (1978) as an eyewitness report, and Siegmund-Schultze (2002). 13 See Epple (2004). 4 • Chapter 1 France. The latter fell under German rule between 1939 and 1940, and French mathematicians suffered various forms of expulsion.

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