Recollections: 1. R. L. Dobrushin’s social and political position. 2. Personal reminiscences with contributions by R. Minlos, A. M. Vershik, N. D. Vredenskaya,Yu. D. Apresyan, S. Gindikin, V. M. Tikhomirov, Yu. Sukhov. (English) Zbl 0954.01014
Minlos, R. A. (ed.) et al., On Dobrushin’s way. From probability theory to statistical physics. Providence, RI: AMS, American Mathematical Society. Transl., Ser. 2, Am. Math. Soc. 198(47), 221-243 (2000).
These are recollections of the famous Moscow school of probability theory and one of its foremost representatives, R. L. Dobrushin, who died from cancer in 1995. Colleagues and students such as R. Minlos, A. M. Vershik, S. Gindikin, V. M. Tikhomirov, Yu. Sukhov, L. Vaserstein, M. Chen, and S. Shlosman report on Dobrushin’s social and political nonconformism, who nevertheless avoided “crossing the line that would have made him the object of direct persecution by the authorities.” (222). Academic anti-semitism, which was also directed against Dobrushin, and the enthusiastic research atmosphere in Dobrushin’s research seminar, who led the Institute of Information Transmission Problems of the Soviet Academy since 1967, are further points discussed in these lively and compassionate reports. For the entire collection see [Zbl 0937.00068
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