Felix Klein, Adolf Hurwitz, and the "Jewish Question" in German Academia

Rowe, David E.
March 2007
Mathematical Intelligencer;Spring2007, Vol. 29 Issue 2, p18
Academic Journal
The author reflects on the vulnerability of German Jews who pursued academic careers in mathematics with a focus on the life and works of Adolf Hurwitz. He explains that in writing about Jewish mathematicians in Germany during the Second Empire, it is a difficult issue deciding what should count as Jewish since many Jews were no longer practicing their religion. Hurwitz was considered as one of the most important figures in mathematics in the 19th century. INSET: Two Tributes to Adolf Hurwitz.


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