[FOM] Who was Luc Jardie?

William Tait williamtait at mac.com
Wed Jun 6 09:27:42 EDT 2007

A good guess would be Jean Cavailles. He was in the Resistance and wrote
"les Remarques sur la formation de la theorie abstraite des  
ensembles" in 1930 and a short monograph entitled "Transfini et  
Continu" in the 1940's. They appear in a publication *Philosophie  
mathematique* (Hermann, 1962) along with the Cantor-Dedekind  
Correspondewnce that he edited with E. Noether.

I think my keyboard will do accents, but I'm too lazy to find out how.

Best, Bill

On Jun 6, 2007, at 3:51 AM, Juliette Kennedy wrote:

> Who was Luc Jardie?
> Jean-Pierre Melville's 1969 film about members of the French  
> Resistance
> called "Army of Shadows" (L'armee des ombres) features a reclusive,
> aristocratic philosopher named Luc Jardie. The character has  
> written 5 books:
> "Methode Axiomatique et Formalisme," "Transfini et Continu," "Essai  
> sur
> le Probleme du Fondement de Mathematiques," "Sur le Logique et la  
> Theorie
> de la Science" and finally "Remarques sur la Formation de la Theorie
> Abstraite des Ensembles." (Sorry I cannot supply proper accents on  
> this
> keyboard.)
> The film is based on the novel of the same name by Joseph Kessel, but
> draws heavily on Melville's own experience as a Resistance member.
> Question: did any logician-set theorist play a role in
> the French Resistance? The titles of the books point to their
> being written by a Bourbaki member - didn't
> the Bourbaki book on set theory come out in the 60's?
> (Another suggestion
> which was made is that during the 1960s Melville crossed paths with  
> some
> logician of the formalist stripe at, say, La Coupole.)
> The film came out in the U.S. just now; it was hardly seen in  
> France when
> it first came out, but it is now considered one of Melville's greatest
> films.
> Greetings,
> Juliette Kennedy
> ------
> Department of Mathematics and Statistics
> P.O. Box 68 (Gustaf Hällströmin katu 2b)
> FI-00014 University of Helsinki, Finland
> tel. (+358-9)-191-51446, fax (+358-9)-191-51400
> http://www.helsinki.fi/science/logic
> e-mail: juliette.kennedy at helsinki.fi
> mobile: +358-50-371-4576
> _______________________________________________
> FOM mailing list
> FOM at cs.nyu.edu
> http://www.cs.nyu.edu/mailman/listinfo/fom

More information about the FOM mailing list