Alice in Switzerland: The Life and Mathematics of Alice Roth

Daepp, Ulrich; Gauthier, Paul; Gorkin, Pamela; Schmieder, Gerald
January 2005
Mathematical Intelligencer;Winter2005, Vol. 27 Issue 1, p41
Academic Journal
The article focuses on mathematician Alice Roth and provides information regarding her education and her works. Roth, now well known for her work in rational approximation theory, was the first woman to win the Silver Medal at the institute and the second woman to obtain a Ph.D. in mathematics in Switzerland. Though Roth published her thesis in 1938, it would be many years before her work was rediscovered and appreciated. The life and work of this woman who, in all areas of her life, was always too early to benefit from her talent, determination, and strong will, is discussed in the article.


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