Department of Mathematics

Colloquium

  •  Catherine Goldstein, CNRS, Institut de mathématiques de Jussieu Paris Gauche
  •  Hermite’s mathematics as natural science
  •  11/17/2020
  •  4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  •  Online (virtual meeting)
  •  Aaron D Levin (levina@msu.edu)

Charles Hermite’s name has been attributed to several objects and results in mathematics, from Hermitian matrices to Hermite polynomials to Hermite’s identity or Hermite-Minkowski theorem. Despite his achievements and central role in the mathematical life of the 19th century, he often appears as an anti-hero, opposed to anything modern, be it ideals, non-Euclidean geometry or set theory. I will try to explain his point of view which is linked to a vision of mathematics as a natural, observational science, and show how this perspective shaped his mathematical work and his requirements on what good mathematics should be.

 

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