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Changing Images in Mathematics by Amy Dahan Dalmedico, Umberto Bottazini

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Chapter 2 FROM PARIS TO BERLIN: CONTRASTED IMAGES OF NINETEENTH-CENTURY MATHEMATICS

Umberto Bottazzini

 

 

PRELUDE

Towards the end of 1864 the young Italian mathematician Ulisse Dini, a graduate from the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa, went to Paris in order to complete his studies, following the advice of his supervisor Eugenio Beltrami. Introduced to outstanding Parisian mathematicians through Scuola Director Enrico Betti, Dini began to attend their lecture courses. Betti had been known to his French colleagues since the fall of 1858 when, together with Francesco Brioschi and Felice Casorati, he undertook a journey through Germany and France in order to get in touch with leading European mathematicians. In Göttingen, they had met with ...

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