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Subject: sci.math FAQ: Who is Bourbaki?
This article was archived around: 17 Feb 2000 22:52:02 GMT
Last-modified: February 20, 1998
Who is N. Bourbaki?
A group of mostly French mathematicians which began meeting in the
1930s, aiming to write a thorough unified account of all mathematics.
They had tremendous influence on the way math is done since. For a
very accessible sampler see Dieudonne Mathematics: The Music Of Reason
(Orig. Pour L'honneur De L'esprit Humain).
The founding is described in Andre Weil's autobiography, titled
something like ``memoir of an apprenticeship" (orig. Souvenirs
D'apprentissage). There is a usable book Bourbaki by J. Fang. Liliane
Beaulieu has a book forthcoming, which you can sample in ``A Parisian
Cafe and Ten Proto-Bourbaki Meetings 1934-1935" in the Mathematical
Intelligencer 15 no.1 (1993) 27-35.
The history behind Bourbaki is also described in Scientific American,
Alex Lopez-Ortiz email@example.com
http://www.cs.unb.ca/~alopez-o Assistant Professor
Faculty of Computer Science University of New Brunswick