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The Princeton Companion to Mathematics by Imre Leader, June Barrow-Green, Timothy Gowers

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VI.83 Richard Courant

b. Lublinitz, Silesia (then part of Germany, now Poland), 1888; d. New York, 1972

Mathematical physics; partial differential equations; minimal surfaces; compressible flow; shock waves

The long and eventful life of Courant was full of high achievements: in mathematical research, the applications of mathematics, as a teacher of many future mathematicians, as a writer of superb books on mathematics, and as an organizer and administrator of large institutions. The fact that Courant—an outsider in his native Germany and a refugee in the United States—could accomplish these things is a testament to his personality as well as to his scientific outlook.

Born in Lublinitz, Courant completed his high school training in Breslau, ...

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