Cover

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Title Page, Frontispiece, Copyright

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pp. i-vi

Contents

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pp. vii-viii

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Foreword

Benoit B. Mandelbrot

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pp. ix-xii

...excluding a few scary episodes that produced amusing anecdotes) his life ran according to a well-worn pattern and was not interesting. Thus, after I had taped hours of conversation with him, and eventually reduced this mass to an attractive text...

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Acknowledgments

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pp. xiii-xxi

...had given a lecture on the subject at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena that fall. Shortly thereafter, W.A.J. Luxemburg called from Caltech to ask if I might be interested in writing a biography of the mathematical...

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1. Family and Childhood: Germany 1918-1933

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pp. 3-32

...if borne out, would soon lead to a future where the masses would be easily manipulated by dictatorial governments, and human values would be measured solely on cold, rational, materialistic grounds. Prussia, given its authoritarian tradition, was Spengler's choice...

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2. Life in Palestine: 1933-1939

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pp. 33-58

...Robinsohns must have felt at having reached the promised land, it was clear from the beginning that life in Palestine would not be easy. From Haifa, where Lotte Robinsohn and her two sons had disembarked in early April 1933, the family moved to Tel Aviv, where they settled shortly after their arrival in Palestine...

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3. Robinson in Paris: January-June 1940

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pp. 59-90

...invaded Poland on September 1, 1939, having annexed Austria and taken Slovakia the year before. On September 3, to make good their treaty obligations with the Poles, England and France simultaneously declared war on Germany. But instead of war, only diplomatic skirmishes followed, and neither...

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4. Robinson and the War: London 1940-1946

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pp. 91-130

...France fell prey to the Germans and their Vichy collaborators, England braced herself for an invasion from across the channel. Britain, as Churchill said, was now alone. After the desperate yet heroic evacuation of troops from Dunkirk, the military at home was in disarray, "almost unarmed except for rifles...

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5. Robinson after the War: London 1946-1951

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pp. 131-184

...freedom for Abraham Robinson—at least not from his military service at the Royal Aircraft Establishment in Farnborough—he and Renee had survived the war happier than many. They were married, Renee had a well-paying, interesting position as a fashion designer, and Abby could finally think seriously...

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6. The University of Toronto: 1951-1957

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pp. 185-242

...class from Liverpool on a Cunard liner, the Franconia, the Robinsons headed for the New World in August of 1951. Although Renee was seasick most of the time, Abby worked at his usual steady pace, writing three pages a day...

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7. The Hebrew University: Jerusalem 1957-1962

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pp. 243-304

...Israel—the Lebanese from the north, the Syrians from the northeast, the Iraqis and Transjordanians from the east, and the Egyptians from the south. The army of Transjordan attacked Jerusalem directly on May 15, and the key sector of Sheikh Jarrah was captured shortly thereafter. This in...

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8. UCLA and Nonstandard Analysis: 1962-1967

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pp. 305-402

...leave from the Hebrew University. Although he was invited by the Mathematics Department, the Philosophy Department was just then considering ways to replace Rudolf Carnap (who was about to retire), with the hope...

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9. Robinson Joins the Ivy League: Yale University 1967-1974

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pp. 403-490

...contrast, was one of America's oldest and most outstanding universities, an oasis of learning. Architecturally, it reflected a mishmash of styles running from American colonial and collegiate gothic to sleek alabaster walls of the Beinecke Rare Book Library. The heart of the university was the historic...

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Epilogue: Abraham Robinson: The Man and His Mathematics

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pp. 491-494

...attractive leaves for concentrated study and writing. This, coupled with the constant stimulation of the brightest graduate students, prominent colleagues, and the constant stream of visitors to a renowned academic center like New Haven, all help to account for this...

Bibliography

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pp. 495-536

Index

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pp. 537-559

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About the Author

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pp. 560-560

...Professor of History and the History of Science at Herbert H. Lehman College and at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Among his works is...