Emmy Noether

24 Jan, 2019 510 Mathematics

Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the ideas and life of one of the greatest mathematicians of the 20th century, Emmy Noether. Noether’s Theorem is regarded as one of the most important mathematical theorems, influencing the evolution of modern physics. Born in 1882 in Bavaria, Noether studied mathematics at a time when women were generally denied the chance to pursue academic careers and, to get round objections, she spent four years lecturing under a male colleague’s name. In the 1930s she faced further objections to her teaching, as she was Jewish, and she left for the USA when the Nazis came to power. Her innovative ideas were to become widely recognised and she is now considered to be one of the founders of modern algebra.

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  • Colva Roney Dougal No other episodes
    Professor of Pure Mathematics at the University of St Andrews
  • David Berman 2 episodes
    Professor in Theoretical Physics at Queen Mary, University of London
  • Elizabeth Mansfield No other episodes
    Professor of Mathematics at the University of Kent

Reading list

  • Emmy Noether: A Tribute to Her Life and Work
    James W. Brewer and Martha K. Smith (eds.) (Marcel Dekker, 1981)
  • Emmy Noether 1882-1935
    Auguste Dick (trans. H. I. Blocher) (Birkhauser, 1981) Google Books →
  • A History of Abstract Algebra
    Israel Kleiner (Birkhauser, 2007) Google Books →
  • The Noether Theorems: Invariance and Conservation Laws in the Twentieth Century
    Yvette Kosmann-Schwarzbach (trans. Bertram E. Schwarzbach) (Springer, 2010) Google Books →
  • Symmetry and the Beautiful Universe
    Leon M. Lederman and Christopher T. Hill (Prometheus Books, 2008) Google Books →
  • Emmy Noether's Wonderful Theorem
    D. E. Neuenschwander (JHU Press, 2010) Google Books →
  • Fearful Symmetry: The Search for Beauty in Modern Physics
    A. Zee (Princeton University Press, 2016) Google Books →

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Hello (First sentence from this episode) Hello, Emmy Noether was one of the great innovative mathematicians of the 20th century and her ideas have underpinned much in modern physics and algebra.