Home Page of Stefan Banach
# Home Page of Stefan Banach

*Stefan Banach. Remarkable life, Brilliant
mathematics*
*Biographical materials edited by Emilia
Jakimowicz and Adam Miranowicz*
Gdańsk University Press and Adam Mickiewicz University Press,
2007, pp. 133,
second extended edition, Gdańsk University Press, 2011, pp.
185.
Distributed non-exclusively worldwide by the American
Mathematical Society.
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1 Book description (from cover page)

Stefan Banach (1892-1945), Polish mathematician, one of the
greatest scientists of the twentieth century, with the facts
and details of his remarkable life as told by living family
members and personal acquaintances, and including previously
unpublished letters and photographs. The lucky chance
discovery and recognition of his genius, meteoric rise to
fame, struggle to survive in occupied Polish Lvov during
World War II by having to feed laboratory lice, and the
promise of a bright future denied by a fatal illness. A
concise overview of his pioneering work is also included and
presented in a way that should make it more easily
understandable.
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2 Book description by the American Mathematical Society

This meticulously researched and detailed account of the life
of the Polish mathematician Stefan Banach presents previously
unknown facts that shed new light on his accomplishments and
chronicles the many dramatic events of his life. A
self-taught prodigy and one of the great scientists of the
twentieth century, Banach established modern functional
analysis, an entirely new branch of mathematics with
important applications. He also helped to develop the theory
of topological vector spaces. Such notions as Banach space,
Banach algebra, Banach manifold, Banach measure, Banach
integral, Banach limit, and Banach bundle are widely used in
today's mathematics.
The authors interviewed Banach's living family members,
former students and acquaintances, unearthed old documents
and records, and collected previously unpublished letters and
photographs to compile this biography. They also added a
concise overview of his pioneering work. Their research was
motivated by a desire to provide an accurate and
authoritative account of the life and achievements of one of
Poland's most famous and celebrated mathematicians.
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3 Contents

Preface (by Emilia Jakimowicz & Adam Miranowicz)
1. A Remarkable Life (by Emilia Jakimowicz)
1.1 The Early Years
1.2 First Great Adventure with Mathematics
1.3 Road to Fame
1.4 The Scottish Café
1.5 The Dark Years
1.6 Epilogue
1.7 Timetable to Stefan Banach's Life
1.8 The Laureates of the Stefan Banach Awards
2. Letters
2.1 First Letter of Banach to Ulam
2.2 Second Letter of Banach to Ulam
2.3 Banach's Mathematical Enclosure
2.4 Third Letter of Banach to Ulam
2.5 Letter of Greczek to Banach
2.6 Letter of Ulam to Kałuża
3. Recollections
3.1 Stefan Banach Jr about his Father
3.2 Maria Sowińska about Stefan Banach
3.3 John Greczek about Stefan Banach
3.4 Alicja Żuraniewska about Stefan Greczek
3.5 Waksmundzka-Hajnos about Stefan Greczek
3.6 Andrzej Alexiewicz about Stefan Banach
3.7 Wacław Szybalski about Stefan Banach
3.8 Tadeusz Riedl about Stefan Banach
4. Stefan Banach in the Light of Archives (by Stanisław
Domoradzki, Zofia Pawlikowska-Brożek, and Mikhailo Zarichny)
5. Banach's Opus Scientificus (by Julian Musielak)
5.1 Predecessors
5.2 Banach Space
5.3 What is Functional Analysis about?
5.4 Methods of Functional Analysis
6. Stefan Banach and Lvov Mathematical School (by Krzysztof
Ciesielski and Zdzisław Pogoda)
7. The Scottish Book (by Marek Kordos)
8. The New Scottish Book (by Roman Duda)
Selected Bibliography in English and French
Selected Bibliography in Polish
Biographical Notes
List of Illustrations
Index of Names
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4 A review by Mahesh Dube of the book on "Stefan Banach - Remarkable life, Brilliant Mathematics"

*Stefan Banach - Remarkable life, Brilliant Mathematics*
- edited by Emilia Jakimowicz and Adam Miranowicz, is the
story of a remarkable mathematician - who was a legend in his
life time and has become a myth thereafter. It is also about
the persons who intercepted his life and also intersected it
tangentially or asymptotically. The book also introduces us
to the persons, who loved and admired Banach. It is a poetic
presentation of the saga of a life in completeness with
different shades and different colours in different moods.
Like the Polish poetry, the book is an epic of Hop, memory
and human interactions.
S. Banach's life in the story of human courage and dignity
against the odds of time and history. It tells us that to be
a man is really very difficult. His was the life of Light -
that worldly truths could not distort.
The editors have done a wonderful job and have magnificently
recreated before their readers the space and time of, in
between the years 1892-1945. Very little is known, in the
English speaking world; about Stefan Banach. The only
biography that can be cited, is that of Roman Kaluza's book -
Through a Reporter's Eye: The life of Stefan Banach. But
this book is not easily available and is a rare title.
With the present book - Stefan Banach - Remarkable life and
Brilliant Mathematics - now Banach comes alive to a wider and
larger mathematical community. One of the editors (Emilia
Jakimowicz) has written the biography of Banach in the book
under the title - 'A Remarkable Life'. It is indeed a
remarkable contribution. E.J. has provided facts of the
childhood period with objective grace and subjective reality.
It is very painful to read about Banach's dark years and the
time that he spent as lice feeder under the Nazi occupation
of Poland.
Letters and Recollections are touchy and emotionally rich.
Mathematics of Banach is also outlined in one of the
chapters. The descriptions of the Scottish café and the
Scottish book are very interesting. These chapters provide a
glimpse of the Polish mathematical culture as well.
The book is very lively written. It is lucid, interesting,
informative and absorbing. Once you pick it up, you are
bound to complete it.
The photographs add to the charm of the book. And at the end
the reader feels as if Banach himself emerging out of the
pages of the book, and in a whispering tone recites the lines
*I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood and I -
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.*
- Robert Frost

It is a book of different flavour written with deep
commitment and feelings. In my opinion the mathematical
literature has become richer with the addition of this book.
My congratulations to the editors and publisher for bringing
out such a nice book.

Prof. Mahesh Dube
*1102, Sai Ansh, Plot No.7, Sector - 11,
SANPADA, Navi Mumbai, Maharastra 400705, India*

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