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Colloquium Series Seminar

Emmy Noether: Mathematician Extraordinaire
Tuesday, October 27, 2020
4:00-5:00 PM
Zoom: 957 4547 9820 Passcode: 311365 East Hall Map
Emmy Noether is famous as the “mother of modern algebra,” but her influence extended far
beyond algebra alone. This talk, based on my recent book with the title above, will focus on
Noether’s broader influence as an international figure in the 1920s. Beyond her immediate
circle of students, Noether’s courses drew talented mathematicians from all over the world.
Four of the most important were B.L. van der Waerden, Pavel Alexandrov, Helmut Hasse,
and Olga Taussky. Noether’s classic papers on ideal theory inspired van der Waerden to
recast his research in algebraic geometry. Her lectures on group theory motivated Alexandrov
to develop links between point set topology and combinatorial methods. Noether’s vision for
a new approach to algebraic number theory gave Hasse the impetus to pursue a line of
research that led to the Brauer-Hasse-Noether Theorem, whereas her abstract style clashed
with Taussky’s approach to classical class field theory during a difficult time when both were
trying to find their footing in a foreign country. Hermann Weyl, her colleague before both fled
to the United States in 1933, fully recognized that Noether’s dynamic school was the very
heart and soul of the famous Göttingen community.

Two recent books on Emmy Noether

Emmy Noether – Mathematician Extraordinaire

Proving It Her Way: Emmy Noether, a Life in Mathematics

Zoom Link:

Passcode: 311365 Speaker(s): David Rowe (Mainz University)
Building: East Hall
Event Type: Workshop / Seminar
Tags: Mathematics
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