By Prof. Dr. André Weil (auth.)
"Extremely readable memories of the author... a unprecedented testimony of a interval of the heritage of twentieth century arithmetic. contains very fascinating reminiscences at the author's participation within the formation of the Bourbaki staff, tells of his conferences and conversations with prime mathematicians, displays his perspectives on arithmetic. The booklet describes a rare occupation of an outstanding guy and mathematicians. Strongly instructed to experts in addition to to the final public."
EMS e-newsletter (1992)
"This first-class ebook is the English variation of the author's autobiography. … This very relaxing analyzing is suggested to all mathematicians."
Acta Scientiarum Mathematicarum (1992)
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Everyone participated in the discussion, contributing what he could to the group effort. During Christmas vacation in 1926, I met up only with Dehn and, for a few brief minutes, Siegel, who was returning to Frankfurt just as I was leaving. Siegel was already a legend; I had been told that he had drawers full of inspired manuscripts which he kept secret. In this regard Dehn explained the theory that was circulating in Frankfurt at the time: First Journeys, First Writings 53 mathematics was in danger of drowning in the endless streams of publications; but this flood had its source in a small number of original ideas, each of which could be exploited only up to a certain point.
Thanks to Furtwangler I realized that Beethoven's symphonies are not merely a Sunday ritual, as they had seemed to me in Paris. I was eager to hear the famous Wilamowitz's lecture on Thucydides. As I was not a regularly enrolled student, I needed special permission from Wilamowitz himself. Though the Weimar Republic had abolished all honorific titles, I was advised to address him as Exzellenz. He received me at his home, and at first seemed overjoyed to have a French student visit him - the first since the war.
Besides, while my father, good Alsatian that he was, was still an old-fashioned patriot, chauvinism had not been considered acceptable in my family. My father himself, in his youth, had apparently entertained anarchist sympathies; he had surely been pro-Dreyfus, and was still in some vague sense a radical-socialist. 2 In any case we hardly ever spoke of politics in my family, except to comment on the latest news. Moreover, a younger sister of my mother's had married in Gennany and was living in Frankfurt.