This meeting is dedicated to the work of René-Louis Baire (1874-1932), whose work on the conditions under which sequences of continuous functions produced continuous limits helped to introduce the new set-theoretic ideas of Cantor into analysis.
We will read Chapters 1, 4, and 5 of Baire’s Leçons sur les Fonctions Discontinues (1905), with an English translation produced by our Xavier colleague Richard Pulskamp.
Also available is an article by Roger Cooke, "Henri Lebesgue and René Baire, Three Books on Mathematical Analysis," in I. Grattan-Guinness (ed.), Landmark Writings in Western Mathematics, 1640-1940, Elsevier, 2005.
Submissions from 2005
Henri Lebesgue and René Baire, three books on mathematical analysis, Roger Cooke and Ivor Grattan-Guinness
Submissions from 1905
Leçons sur les fonctions discontinués, René Baire and Arnaud Denjoy
Leçons sur les fonctions discontinués (English translation), René Baire and Richard J. Pulskamp