Le dottrine di Democrito d'Abdera

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FEDERIGO ENRIQUES, whose death at the age of sevanty one occurred in 1946, was one of the leading Italian mathematicians of our time ; he is specially renowned for his joint creation, with Castel-nuovo , of the invariantive theory of algebraic surfaces, which will remain one of the glories of Italian mathematics. As an example of versatility, moreover, Enriques was outstanding ; for, over and above his purely technical achievement, which suffices to place him in the front rank, he maintained a lifelong interest in the history and problems of science which, in the "Encyklopadie", his books and articles on one hand, and in his lectures at Bologna and Rome on the other, earned him a second reputation. Above all, he was attracted to speculation concerning the Greek contribution to science, partly, no doubt, because the fragmentary nature of the evidence leads to fascinating conjecture.

Le dottrine di Democrito d'Abdera

By Federigo Enriques e Manlio Mazziotti. Pp. xxii + 339. (Bologna: Nicola Zanichelli, 1948.) 1,500 lire.

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ROTH, L. Le dottrine di Democrito d'Abdera. Nature 163, 705 (1949) doi:10.1038/163705a0

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