Hilbert's Early Career: Encounters with Allies and Rivals

Rowe, David E.
January 2005
Mathematical Intelligencer;Winter2005, Vol. 27 Issue 1, p72
Academic Journal
The article focuses on the life and career of mathematician David Hilbert. The article author views that probably no mathematician has been quoted more often than Hilbert, whose opinions and witty remarks long ago entered mathematical lore along with his legendary feats. Initially, he made his name as an expert on invariant theory, but Hilbert's reputation as a universal mathematician grew as he left his mark on one field after another. Yet these achievements alone can not account for his singular place in the history of mathematics as was recognized long ago by his intimates. Hilbert's impact on modern mathematics has been so pervasive that it takes a true leap of historical imagination to picture him as a young man struggling to find his way. Impact of mathematicians like Leopold Kronecker on Hilbert is also discussed in the article.


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