Talk:Pavel Alexandrov

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Is there a public domain (or pre-1973) reproduction of the Fomenko's painting of the Alexandrov's horned sphere? It would make a great illustration to this article.

On homosexuality[edit]

Before adding any allegations of homosexuality, see discussion on Talk:Andrey_Kolmogorov. --Gene s 14:21, 23 Jan 2005 (UTC)

And the Alexandrov (or Alexandroff) compactification ?[edit]

Based on what the French article says, I'm nearly sure that the Alexandroff compactification is named after Pavel Alexandrov. If so, this compactification should be mentioned in this article, because most mathematicians knowing this thing will, when they hear the name Alexandrov, think about "his" compactification --UKe-CH (talk) 13:25, 25 July 2008 (UTC)

As I got confirmation of the fact on the discussion page of the corresponding German article, I have now edited the article to mention compactification.--UKe-CH (talk) 19:13, 12 August 2008 (UTC)


I added a third romanization that was apparently his personal preference, or at least used by him when signing Urysohn's death certificate. If you follow the referenced link, you'll have to flip through multiple images to come to the appropriate image and commentary. I'm attempting to get a better scan of the death certificate as well as permission to add it to wikimedia. Until then, I'd appreciate it if no one undoes the addition. Thanks. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 23:44, 7 June 2009 (UTC)

Sorry, I've noticed this note after having undone the addition. At any rate, please do not restore it until you have a direct link to a page that explicitly states Alexandrov's preference. Until that's done, a simple note on alternative romanizations is sufficient. There is no need to confuse our readers while you are searching for a more appropriate link. Thank you.—Ëzhiki (Igels Hérissonovich Ïzhakoff-Amursky) • (yo?); 16:41, June 8, 2009 (UTC)


The following material has been deleted from the page: The two were involved in a homosexual relationship in the 1930s. The material seems to be well-documented and also reported at related pages. Tkuvho (talk) 13:00, 12 January 2012 (UTC)

The two sources: Lorentz, G.G. (December 2001). "Who Discovered Analytic Sets?". The Mathematical Intelligencer 23 (4): 31. doi:10.1007/BF03024600. "In Leningrad, many mathematicians believed that Aleksandrov was homosexual..." and Graham, Loren R.; Kantor, Jean-Michel (2009). Naming infinity: a true story of religious mysticism and mathematical creativity. Harvard University Press. p. 185. ISBN 9780674032934. "The police soon learned of Kolmogorov and Alexandrov's homosexual bond, and they used that knowledge to obtain the behavior that they wished." are already cited in the article. Tkuvho (talk) 12:46, 9 March 2012 (UTC)
As far as I know, the statement is true. My only remark is that such a sentence should come with a reference at the end of it. Sasha (talk) 15:55, 9 March 2012 (UTC) I have copyedited this part, please have a look now. Sasha (talk) 15:58, 9 March 2012 (UTC)
Your version is fine. Tkuvho (talk) 19:59, 10 March 2012 (UTC)

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