An Appreciation of Kronecker

  title={An Appreciation of Kronecker},
  author={H. Edwards},
  journal={The Mathematical Intelligencer},
  • H. Edwards
  • Published 1987
  • The Mathematical Intelligencer
I am especially honored by the invitation to speak at this annual joint session of the mathematics section and the history section of the Academy because my predecessor last December was Andr6 Weil. As you well know, Weil said nothing last year about the man who is my subject tonight, but, as you probably do not know, he might well have. In fact, at the International Congress of Mathematicians in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1950, he gave an invited address which could have borne the title of… Expand
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