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The “Circolo Matematico di Palermo” and the First World War: The crisis of scientific internationalism: a view through the unedited correspondence of De Franchis with Edmund Landau and other mathematicians (2021)


In this work the situation of the “Circolo Matematico di Palermo” between 1914 and 1928 is analyzed. It will be observed that during this time the Circolo was among the few European scientific associations with German as well as French associates. During the 1930s, the nationalist politics of Fascism and above all the racial laws dealt a deadly blow to the Circolo as an international scientific association. We will use the rich correspondence in the Circolo's archives to shed some light on this. In particular, the correspondence between M. De Franchis and E. Landau and other recently found documents will figure prominently. Sommario In questo lavoro è analizzata la situazione del Circolo Matematico di Palermo tra il 1914 e il 1928. Si osserverà che il Circolo era tra le poche associazioni scientifiche europee con soci tedeschi e francesi. Negli anni '30 la politica nazionalista del fascismo e soprattutto le leggi razziali diedero un colpo mortale al Circolo come associazione scientifica internazionale. Useremo la ricca corrispondenza negli archivi del Circolo per fare luce su questo. In particolare, la corrispondenza tra M. De Franchis ed E. Landau e altri documenti recentemente ritrovati.

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Authors & Contributors
Mazliak, Laurent
Tazzioli, Rossana
Irene Bainbridge
Martina Salvante
Olivetti, Laura
Olivo, Chiara
Medicina nei Secoli - Arte e Scienza
Substantia: An International Journal of the History of Chemistry
Science in Context
Revue d'Histoire des Mathématiques
Physis: Rivista Internazionale di Storia della Scienza
Physics in Perspective
Società Chimica Italiana
Silvio Zamorani Editore
Springer International
Science and politics
Science and society
World War I
Scientific communities; interprofessional relations
Levi, Giuseppe
Landau, Edmund
Zvi Enrico Jolles
Fréchet, Maurice René
Wilson, Edwin Bidwell
Smith, David Eugene
Time Periods
20th century, early
20th century
19th century
Prague (Czechia)
United States
Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research

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