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

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VI.88 Andrei Nikolaevich Kolmogorov

b. Tambov, Russia, 1903; d. Moscow, 1987

Analysis; probability; statistics; algorithms; turbulence

Kolmogorov was one of the greatest mathematicians of the twentieth century. His work was distinguished both by its great depth and power, and by its breadth: he made important contributions to several different areas. He is most famous for his work on probability theory, and is widely regarded as having been the greatest probabilist ever.

Kolmogorov’s mother, Mariya Yakovlena Kolmogorova, died in childbirth; his father, Nikolai Matveevich Kataev, an agronomist, worked for the Ministry of Agriculture after the Revolution and died in the Denikin offensive in the Civil War in 1919. Kolmogorov was brought up by ...

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