By A. Ehrenfeucht, V.W. Marek, M. Srebrny
Andrzej Mostowski used to be one of many prime twentieth century logicians. His legacy is tested during this quantity of papers dedicated either to his amazing clinical historical past and to the reminiscence of him as a very good researcher, instructor, organizer of technological know-how and individual. Professor Mostowski pioneered and mastered many parts of mathematical good judgment. His contributions spanned set idea, recursion thought, and version conception - the spine of the principles of arithmetic. the whole precise bibliography of Mostowski's writings is integrated. for a few years after WWII and particularly within the overdue sixties and until eventually his premature dying in 1975, Warsaw, the place he led the centre of foundational reviews, was once a spot the place many best logicians visited, studied, and commenced their profession. Their thoughts shape an enormous a part of this quantity, trying to convey again the intense achievements and character of Mostowski.
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Wole´nski / Mathematical Logic in Warsaw: 1918–1939 We note that logistics has no practical profits as its aim, at least directly. Logistic symbolism and the analysis of concepts by their reduction to their primitive elements are not introduced in order to think, argue and write in this way. Similarly, physicists do not create the theory of sounds in order to help musicians in composing or to write notes as mathematical equations (however, this does not exclude an indirect use of acoustic theories in the development of music).
The day-to-day management of the semester was in Professor Grzegorczyk’s hands. Phenomenal breathtaking presentations. It looked like we made it. But nothing is free. For a variety of reasons, as before, politics intervened. There must have been a confluence of several problems (certainly the presence of a large body of visitors from Western Europe, Eastern Europe, and US must have been a factor), and we suddenly found ourselves in the cross hairs of the police. W. Marek / Mathematical Logic in Warsaw in the 60’s and 70’s, or the Interaction of Logic and Life 27 the leadership of the Mathematical Institute of the Academy saw it.
Since Warsaw had no real academic community of its own, most professors were brought from other universities, mostly from Lvov. Łukasiewicz and Kotarbi´nski obtained positions in philosophy, one of the professorships in mathematics was given to Dickstein (he was a local person). Łukasiewicz began lectures in logic. Kazimierz Kuratowski (1896–1980), one of the most distinguished Polish mathematicians, a student at this time, wrote an interesting report about Łukasiewicz’s classes [8, pp. 23–24]: Jan Łukasiewicz was another professor who greatly influenced the interests of young mathematicians.
Andrzej Mostowski and foundational studies by A. Ehrenfeucht, V.W. Marek, M. Srebrny