Julia. A life in mathematics. (English) Zbl 0868.01020

Washington, DC: MAA, Mathematical Association of America. xi, 123 p. (1996).
This is a charming little book on the life and work of Julia (Bowman) Robinson (1919–1985). The book contains four published articles about Julia and a number of other things (previously unpublished photographs and memorabilia relevant to her mathematical career). The first article is the “Autobiography of Julia Robinson” written by her sister Constance Reid. Julia herself – as Constance Reid explains – had no desire for a biography and in fact actively disliked the thought. The second article “Julia Robinson’s Dissertation” [J. Symb. Log. 14, 98–114 (1949; Zbl 0034.00801)] was written by L. Gaal. The work carried out by the American logicians Julia Robinson, Hilary Putnam and Martin Davis was completed in 1970 when Yuri Matijasevich solved Hilbert’s tenth problem in the negative. The third article – written by Martin Davis – has been extracted from his foreword to Y. V. Matiyasevich’s book [Hilbert’s tenth problem, MIT Press Series in the Foundations of Computing (1993; Zbl 0790.03008)]. The last article is Y. V. Matiyasevich’s fascinating account “My collaboration with Julia Robinson” [Math. Intell. 14, No. 4, 38–45 (1992; Zbl 0770.01005)].
Reviewer: M.Stern (Halle)


01A70 Biographies, obituaries, personalia, bibliographies

Biographic References:

Robinson, Julia