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Submitted by Richard Zach on Sat, 12/06/2014 - 9:25am

Adolf Lindenbaum in 1927 (age 23)Jan Zygmunt and Robert Purdy have a paper ("Adolf Lindenbaum: Notes on his Life, with Bibliography and Selected References", open access) in the latest issue of Logica Universalis detailing what little is known about the life of Adolf Lindenbaum (1904-1941). It includes a complete bibliography of Lindenbaum's own publications and public lectures, as well as a bibliography of articles in which results are credited to Lindenbaum.  Another paper on Lindenbaum's mathematical contributions is in the works.

The entire issue is dedicated to Lindenbaum. Jean-Yves Beziau gives this poignant quote in the introduction:

A mathematician, a modern mathematician in particular, is, as it would be said, in a superior degree of conscious activity: he is not only interested in the question of the what, but also in that of the how. He almost never restricts himself to a solution tout court of a problem. He always wants to have the most ??? solutions. Most what? The easiest, the shortest, the most general, etc.

Lindenbaum was murdered by the Nazis in 1941, at age 37.


Submitted by jwr on Mon, 12/08/2014 - 9:39am

Thanks for posting this, Richard. Wanted to note that something's off with the dates and Lindenbaum's age of death. Was he killed at 37 or born in 1914?

Submitted by Richard Zach on Mon, 12/08/2014 - 9:47am

I can't subtract.