Vladimir Arnold in 2008
12 June 1937|
Odessa, Soviet Union
|Died||3 June 2010
|Alma mater||Moscow State University|
|Doctoral advisor||Andrey Kolmogorov|
|Doctoral students||Yuri Chekanov
|Known for||Arnold's cat map
Arnold's rouble problem
|Notable awards||Shaw Prize (2008)
State Prize of the Russian Federation (2007)
Wolf Prize (2001)
Dannie Heineman Prize for Mathematical Physics (2001)
Harvey Prize (1994)
Crafoord Prize (1982)
Lenin Prize (1965)
Vladimir Igorevich Arnold (alternative spelling Arnol'd, Russian: Влади́мир И́горевич Арно́льд, 12 June 1937 – 3 June 2010) was a Soviet and Russian mathematician. While he is best known for the Kolmogorov–Arnold–Moser theorem regarding the stability of integrable systems, he made important contributions in several areas including dynamical systems theory, catastrophe theory, topology, algebraic geometry, symplectic geometry, differential equations, classical mechanics and singularity theory, including posing the ADE classification problem, since his first main result—the partial solution of Hilbert's thirteenth problem in 1957 at the age of 19.
Arnold is also known as a popularizer of mathematics. Through his lectures and as the author of several popular mathematics books, he influenced many mathematicians. His books were often translated into English.
Vladimir Arnold was born on 12 June 1937 in Odessa, Soviet Union. His father was Igor Vladimirovich Arnold (Игорь Владимирович Арнольд, 1900–1948), a mathematician. His mother was Nina Alexandrovna Arnold (Нина Александровна Арнольд, 1909–1986, née Исакович, —Isakovich), an art historian. When Arnold was thirteen, an uncle who was an engineer told him about calculus and how it could be used to understand some physical phenomena, this contributed to spark his interest for mathematics, and he started to study by himself the mathematical books his deceased father had left to him, which included some works of Leonhard Euler and Charles Hermite.
While a student of Andrey Kolmogorov at Moscow State University and still a teenager, Arnold showed in 1957 that any continuous function of several variables can be constructed with a finite number of two-variable functions, thereby partially solving Hilbert's thirteenth problem.
After graduating from Moscow State University in 1959, he worked there until 1986 (a professor since 1965), and then at Steklov Mathematical Institute.
He became an academician of the Academy of Sciences of the Soviet Union (Russian Academy of Science since 1991) in 1990. Arnold can be said to have initiated the theory of symplectic topology as a distinct discipline. The Arnold conjecture on the number of fixed points of Hamiltonian symplectomorphisms and Lagrangian intersections were also a major motivation in the development of Floer homology.
Arnold worked at the Steklov Mathematical Institute in Moscow and at Paris Dauphine University up until his death. As of 2006[update] he was reported to have the highest citation index among Russian scientists, and h-index of 40.
To his students and colleagues Arnold was known also for his sense of humour. For example, once at his seminar in Moscow, at the beginning of the school year, when he usually was formulating new problems, he said:
There is a general principle that a stupid man can ask such questions to which one hundred wise men would not be able to answer. In accordance with this principle I shall formulate some problems.
He was buried on June 15 in Moscow, at Novodevichy Monastery.
“The death of Vladimir Arnold, one of the greatest mathematicians of our time, is an irretrievable loss for world science. It is difficult to overestimate the contribution made by academician Arnold to modern mathematics and the prestige of Russian science.
Teaching had a special place in Vladimir Arnold's life and he had great influence as an enlightened mentor who taught several generations of talented scientists.
The memory of Vladimir Arnold will forever remain in the hearts of his colleagues, friends and students, as well as everyone who knew and admired this brilliant man.”
Popular mathematical writings
Arnold is well known for his lucid writing style, combining mathematical rigour with physical intuition, and an easy conversational style of teaching. His writings present a fresh, often geometric approach to traditional mathematical topics like ordinary differential equations, and his many textbooks have proved influential in the development of new areas of mathematics. The standard criticism about Arnold's pedagogy is that his books "are beautiful treatments of their subjects that are appreciated by experts, but too many details are omitted for students to learn the mathematics required to prove the statements that he so effortlessly justifies." His defense is that his books are meant to teach the subject to "those who truly wish to understand it" (Chicone, 2007).
Arnold was an outspoken critic of the trend towards high levels of abstraction in mathematics during the middle of the last century. He had very strong opinions on how this approach—which was most popularly implemented by the Bourbaki school in France—initially had a negative impact on French mathematical education, and then later on that of other countries as well. Arnold was very interested in the history of mathematics. In an interview, he said he had learned much of what he knew about mathematics through the study of Felix Klein's book Development of Mathematics in the 19th Century —a book he often recommended to his students. He liked to study the classics, most notably the works of Huygens, Newton and Poincaré, and many times he reported to have found in their works ideas that had not been explored yet.
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In 1965, Arnold attended René Thom's seminar on catastrophe theory. He later said of it: "I am deeply indebted to Thom, whose singularity seminar at the Institut des Hautes Etudes Scientifiques, which I frequented throughout the year 1965, profoundly changed my mathematical universe." After this event, singularity theory became one of the major interests of Arnold and his students. Among his most famous results in this area is his classification of simple singularities, contained in his paper Normal forms of functions near degenerate critical points, the Weyl groups of Ak,Dk,Ek and Lagrangian singularities.
Real algebraic geometry
In 1971, Arnold published On the arrangement of ovals of real plane algebraic curves, involutions of four-dimensional smooth manifolds, and the arithmetic of integral quadratic forms, which gave new animus to real algebraic geometry. In it, he made major advances in the direction of a solution to Gudkov's conjecture, by finding a connection between it and four-dimensional topology. The conjecture was to be later fully solved by V. A. Rokhlin building on Arnold's work.
Honours and awards
- Lenin Prize (1965, with Andrey Kolmogorov)
- Crafoord Prize (1982, with Louis Nirenberg)
- Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (1987)
- Lobachevsky Prize of the Russian Academy of Sciences (1992)
- Harvey Prize (1994)
- Dannie Heineman Prize for Mathematical Physics (2001)
- Wolf Prize in Mathematics (2001)
- State Prize of the Russian Federation (2007)
- Shaw Prize in mathematical sciences (2008)
- V. I. Arnold, Mathematical Methods of Classical Mechanics, Springer-Verlag (1989), ISBN 0-387-96890-3.
- V. I. Arnold, Geometrical Methods In The Theory Of Ordinary Differential Equations, Springer-Verlag (1988), ISBN 0-387-96649-8.
- V. I. Arnold, Ordinary Differential Equations, The MIT Press (1978), ISBN 0-262-51018-9.
- V. I. Arnold, A. Avez, Ergodic Problems of Classical Mechanics, Addison-Wesley (1989), ISBN 0-201-09406-1.
- V.I. Arnold, Huygens and Barrow, Newton and Hooke: Pioneers in mathematical analysis and catastrophe theory from evolvents to quasicrystals, Eric J.F. Primrose translator, Birkhäuser Verlag (1990) ISBN 3-7643-2383-3 .
- V. I. Arnold, Teoriya Katastrof (Catastrophe Theory, in Russian), 4th ed. Moscow, Editorial-URSS (2004), ISBN 5-354-00674-0.
- V. I. Arnold, "Tsepniye Drobi" (Continued Fractions, in Russian), Moscow (2001).
- V. I. Arnold, Yesterday and Long Ago, Springer (2007), ISBN 978-3-540-28734-6.
- Arnold, V. I.; V. S. Afraimovich (1999). Bifurcation Theory And Catastrophe Theory. Springer. ISBN 3-540-65379-1.
- Arnolʹd, V. I.: On the teaching of mathematics. (Russian) Uspekhi Mat. Nauk 53 (1998), no. 1(319), 229—234; translation in Russian Math. Surveys 53 (1998), no. 1, 229—236.
- Vladimir I. Arnold, ed. (2004). Arnold's Problems (2nd ed.). Springer-Verlag. ISBN 3-540-20748-1.
- V. I. Arnold (2014). Mathematical Understanding of Nature: Essays on Amazing Physical Phenomena and Their Understanding by Mathematicians. American Mathematical Society. ISBN 978-1-4704-1701-7.
- Arnold's cat map
- Arnold conjecture
- Arnold's rouble problem
- KAM theorem
- Arnold–Givental conjecture
- Arnold tongue
- Arnold diffusion
- Arnold–Liouville theorem
- Independent University of Moscow
- Mort d'un grand mathématicien russe, AFP (Le Figaro)
- O'Connor, John J.; Robertson, Edmund F., "Vladimir Arnold", MacTutor History of Mathematics archive, University of St Andrews.
- Gusein-Zade, S. M. (other languages); Varchenko, A. N. . "Obituary: Vladimir Arnold (12 June 1937–3 June 2010)", Newsletter of the European Mathematical Society, Issue 78 (December 2010), pp. 28–29.
- Табачников, С. Л. . "Интервью с В.И.Арнольдом", Квант, 1990, Nº 7, pp. 2–7. (in Russian)
- Great Russian Encyclopedia (2005), Moscow: Bol'shaya Rossiyskaya Enciklopediya Publisher, vol. 2.
- List of Russian Scientists with High Citation Index
- Kenneth Chang (June 11, 2010). "Vladimir Arnold Dies at 72; Pioneering Mathematician". The New York Times. Retrieved 12 June 2013.
- "Number's up as top mathematician Vladimir Arnold dies". Herald Sun. 4 June 2010. Retrieved 2010-06-06.
- Vladimir Arnold at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
- "From V. I. Arnold's web page". Retrieved 12 June 2013.
- "Condolences to the family of Vladimir Arnold". Presidential Press and Information Office. 15 June 2010. Retrieved 1 September 2011.
- Carmen Chicone (2007), Book review of "Ordinary Differential Equations", by Vladimir I. Arnold. Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 2006. SIAM Review 49(2):335–336. (Chicone mentions the criticism but does not agree with it.)
- See  and other essays in .
- An Interview with Vladimir Arnol'd, by S. H. Lui, AMS Notices, 1991.
- B. Khesin and S. Tabachnikov, Tribute to Vladimir Arnold, Notices of the AMS, 59:3 (2012) 378–399.
- V. Goryunov and V. Zakalyukin -- Vladimir I. Arnold
- See for example: Arnold, V. I.; Vasilev, V. A. (1989), "Newton's Principia read 300 years later" and Arnold, V. I.; "Forgotten and neglected theories of Poincaré".
- Note: It also appears in another article by him, but in English: Local Normal Forms of Functions, http://www.maths.ed.ac.uk/~aar/papers/arnold15.pdf
- Dirk Siersma; Charles Wall; V. Zakalyukin (30 June 2001). New Developments in Singularity Theory. Springer Science & Business Media. p. 29. ISBN 978-0-7923-6996-7.
- Note: The paper also appears with other names, as in http://perso.univ-rennes1.fr/marie-francoise.roy/cirm07/arnold.pdf
- A. G. Khovanskii; Aleksandr Nikolaevich Varchenko; V. A. Vasiliev (1997). Topics in Singularity Theory: V. I. Arnold's 60th Anniversary Collection (preface). American Mathematical Soc. p. 10. ISBN 978-0-8218-0807-8.
- Arnold: Swimming Against the Tide. p. 159.
- O. Karpenkov, "Vladimir Igorevich Arnold", Internat. Math. Nachrichten, no. 214, pp. 49–57, 2010. (link to arXiv preprint)
- Harold M. Schmeck Jr. (June 27, 1982). "American and Russian Share Prize in Mathematics". New York Times.
- "Book of Members, 1780-2010: Chapter A". American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 25 April 2011.
- D. B. Anosov et al (1997) . "Vladimir Igorevich Arnol'd (on his sixtieth birthday)". Russian Mathematical Surveys, Volume 52, Number 5. (translated from the Russian by R. F. Wheeler)
- Названы лауреаты Государственной премии РФ Kommersant 20 May 2008.
- Lutz D. Schmadel. Dictionary of Minor Planet Names. Springer Science & Business Media. p. 717. ISBN 978-3-642-29718-2.
- Khesin, Boris; Tabachnikov, Serge (Coordinating Editors). "Tribute to Vladimir Arnold", Notices of the American Mathematical Society, March 2012, Volume 59, Number 3, pp. 378–399.
- Khesin, Boris; Tabachnikov, Serge (Coordinating Editors). "Memories of Vladimir Arnold", Notices of the American Mathematical Society, April 2012, Volume 59, Number 4, pp. 482–502.
- Boris A. Khesin; Serge L. Tabachnikov (2014). Arnold: Swimming Against the Tide. American Mathematical Society. ISBN 978-1-4704-1699-7.
- Leonid Polterovich; Inna Scherbak (7 September 2011). "V.I. Arnold (1937–2010)". Jahresbericht der Deutschen Mathematiker-Vereinigung 113 (4): 185–219. doi:10.1365/s13291-011-0027-6.
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- A short curriculum vitae
- On Teaching Mathematics, text of a talk espousing Arnold's opinions on mathematical instruction
- Problems from 5 to 15, a text by Arnold for school students, available at the IMAGINARY platform
- Vladimir Arnold at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
- S. Kutateladze, Arnold Is Gone
- В.Б.Демидовичем (2009), МЕХМАТЯНЕ ВСПОМИНАЮТ 2: В.И.Арнольд, pp. 25–58