Emmy Noether

This book is devoted to the life of one of the most fascinating and influential figures of modern mathematics Emmy Noether (1882-1935), the German Jewish mathematician, who is well-known in particular for her excellent results in modern algebra (the theory of rings and fields), for her teaching activities and her collaboration with many outstanding scientists (e.g. with Albert Einstein). In five chapters, a charming story of Emmy Noether's life is shown, from her childhood, studies, lecturing in Göttingen, mathematical activities and exile to United States up to teaching at Bryn Maws College. Due to the fact that records and information on her childhood and studies are incomplete, some parts contain elements of fiction, while others are based on many archival sources. The author wrote the book primarily for young readers to tell them not only the life story of the most important female mathematician of the twentieth century but also to analyse the creative atmosphere of the German mathematical community, the situation, old traditions and their changes at the University of Göttingen as well as political and social events that were caused by the Nazis when they came to power in Germany in 1933. She also wants to show the reader how young talented people explore mathematics. The book can be useful to anybody interested in mathematics and the history of modern algebra.

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