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Springer Collected Works in Mathematics
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Selected Works

Authors: Santaló, Luis Antonio

Editors: Naveira, Antonio M., Reventós, Agusti (Eds.)

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Luis Antonio Santaló (Spain 1911 – Argentina 2001) contributed to several branches of Geometry, his laying of the mathematical foundations of Stereology and its applications perhaps being his most outstanding achievement. A considerable power of abstraction, a brilliant geometric intuition and an outstanding gift as a disseminator of science were among his virtues. The present volume contains a selection of his best papers.

Part I consists of a short biography and some photographs together with a complete list of his publications, classified into research papers, books, and articles on education and the popularization of mathematics, as well as a comprehensive analysis of his contribution to science.

Part II, the main part of the book, includes selected papers, arranged into five sections according to the nature of their contents: Differential Geometry, Integral Geometry, Convex Geometry, Affine Geometry, and Statistics and Stereology. Each section is preceded by a commentary by a renowned specialist: Teufel, Langevin, Schneider, Leichtweiss, and Cruz-Orive, respectively.

Finally, Part III emphasizes the influence of his work. It contains commentaries by several specialists regarding modern results based on, or closely related to, those of Santaló, some book reviews written by Santaló, as well as some reviews of his books. As a curious addendum, a ranking of his articles, given by Santaló himself, is included.

From the Preface written by Simon Donaldson:

"The word geometry can cover many different things. The paths that can be traced from the most ancient concepts to sophisticated modern abstractions form one of the charms of the subject. We can all agree that the study of lines in three dimensional Euclidean space is a part of geometry. It is a wonderful idea that the set of all lines can itself be considered as a space, which has in turn its own geometry. Of course this leap into abstraction may seem commonplace now... Modern differential geometry provides the language and tools for doing calculus on such spaces and in particular for integration. Then we can talk about the volume of a set of lines, the mean value of a function on the space of lines and so on. This is the beginning of Integral Geometry, to which Luis Santaló contributed so much."

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Selected Works
Authors
Editors
  • Antonio M. Naveira
  • Agusti Reventós
Series Title
Springer Collected Works in Mathematics
Copyright
2009
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Softcover ISBN
978-3-662-53237-9
Series ISSN
2194-9875
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 854
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