Lot 471: Hilbert (David)


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Lot 471: Hilbert (David). Problemes mathematiques. Conference faite par M.D. Hilbert au Congres International des Mathematiciens, Paris, 1900, traduite par M.L. Laugel, no plate, no date, [?Paris, 1902], pp. 1-56, a few pencil marginalia in IGG's hand, mainly cross-referencing pagination with the Congres printing of 1902 (pp. 58-114), photocopy of the near-identical first page tipped on to head of first page here, stitched as issued, old plain wrappers with IGG bookplate tipped inside, somewhat soiled, slim 8vo. An authorised French translation by Laugel of Hilbert's famous and enormously influential address to the International Congress of Mathematicians at Paris in 1900. The paper and its various printings and translations has a very complex history (see Ivor Grattan-Guiness, 'A Sideways Look at Hilberts Twenty-Three Problems of 1900' in Notices of the American Mathematics Society 47 (2000), pp. 752-757. Hilbert's paper, in which he set forth a list of twenty-three problems that he predicted would be of central importance to the advance of mathematics in the twentieth century, was first published in Gottinger Nachrichten (1900), pp. 253-97. Laugel's translation with the title 'Sur les Problemes Futurs des Mathematiques' with corrections and additions by Laugel was published in Compte rendu du deuxieme congres international des mathematiciens tenu a Paris du 6 au 12 aout 1900 (1902), pp. 58-114. The item offered here has identical text save for the variant title. Origins of Cyberspace 320 (first German printing). (1) Dominic Winter's Travel & Natural History, Early Printed Books, Maps, Globes & Decorative Prints, Science & Mathematics, Bookbinding Equipment Auction July 2015 Wednesday, 15th July 2015 Estimate: £500-800
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