FOM: Szolem Mandelbrojt and Bourbaki
rhersh at math.math.unm.edu
Wed Sep 30 19:29:54 EDT 1998
On Wed, 30 Sep 1998, Colin McLarty wrote:
> A.R.D.Mathias wrote:
> >So any information about the scope of Mandelbrojt's mathematical work,
> >and about his involvement with Bourbaki, and any psychological insights
> >into a possible estrangement from Bourbaki, would be most welcome.
> There is just a word about this in James Gleick's CHAOS (pp.89-90).
> In short he says Bourbaki was axiomatic and formal, and found geometry
> "untrustworthy". He says, Mandelbrot "fled the Ecole Normale because of
> Bourbaki and a few decades later he fled France for the same reason".
Why not ask Mandelbrot's nephew Benoit?
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