Article ID: CBB001034624

Zionist Internationalism through Number Theory: Edmund Landau at the Opening of the Hebrew University in 1925 (2010)


Corry, Leo (Author)
Schappacher, Norbert (Author)

Science in Context
Volume: 23
Pages: 427--471

Publication Date: 2010
Edition Details: Part of a special issue: “Science in an Israeli Context: Case Studies”
Language: English

This article gives the background to a public lecture delivered in Hebrew by Edmund Landau at the opening ceremony of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem in 1925. On the surface, the lecture appears to be a slightly awkward attempt by a distinguished German-Jewish mathematician to popularize a few number-theoretical tidbits. However, quite unexpectedly, what emerges here is Landau's personal blend of Zionism, German nationalism, and the proud ethos of pure, rigorous mathematics -- against the backdrop of the situation of Germany after World War I. Landau's Jerusalem lecture thus shows how the Zionist cause was inextricably linked to, and determined by political agendas that were taking place in Europe at that time. The lecture stands in various historical contexts - Landau's biography, the history of Jewish scientists in the German Zionist movement, the founding of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and the creation of a modern Hebrew mathematical language. This article provides a broad historical introduction to the English translation, with commentary, of the original Hebrew text.

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