FOM: Szolem Mandelbrojt and Bourbaki

Giuseppe Longo Giuseppe.Longo at
Thu Oct 1 04:41:07 EDT 1998

> A.R.D.Mathias wrote:
> >So any information about the scope of Mandelbrojt's mathematical  
> >and about his involvement with Bourbaki, and any psychological  
> >into a possible estrangement from Bourbaki, would be most welcome. 
>         There is just a word about this in James Gleick's CHAOS  
> 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?

News about ongoing activities of Bourbaki may be obtained by browsing in
It contains also lists and summaries of talks and papers  
(including, say, on Julia sets and related matters).  Perhaps, the  
authors of these talks or papers may be soundly informed of history  
as well.

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