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A Fresh Look at Francesco Severi

Goodstein, Judith and Babbitt, Donald (2012) A Fresh Look at Francesco Severi. Notices of the American Mathematical Society, 59 (8). pp. 1064-1075. ISSN 0002-9920. doi:10.1090/noti881.

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A student of Corrado Segre, Eugenio Bertini, and Federigo Enriques, Francesco Severi is remembered today as one of the key architects of the Italian school of algebraic geometry in the first half of the twentieth century. (For a brief discussion of some of his most important contributions to algebraic geometry, see the appendix.) His eagerness to serve the Fascist regime after Mussolini became dictator in 1925 has cast a long shadow over his name. Even though Severi survived multiple investigations in Italy, rediscovered his Catholic faith, and emphatically denied repeated accusations that he was anti-Semitic, the stigma has persisted.

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Additional Information:© 2012 American Mathematical Society. We thank Maryse Bowers, who translated key passages of Severi’s letter to Boas; William Fulton for his helpful comments; Elisa Piccio, Annalisa Capristo, andGiorgio Fabre for their friendship; Ivo Biagianti and Italo Farnetani for useful discussions in Arezzo; Francesca Rosa for archival research in Rome and Michelle Frankfort for tracking down documents in the Zariski Papers; Rita Zanatta, Susanna Panetta,Alessandro Romanello, Charlotte Erwin, and the staffs at the Archivio Centrale dello Stato (EUR), the Archivio Storico della Sapienza, Università di Roma, the Istituto storico italiano per il medioevo, the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei, Harvard University Archives, and the California Institute of Technology Archives for their help and permission to quote from materials in their repositories. Heidi Aspaturian provided valuable editorial advice and assistance.
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