The ORESME Reading Group will hold its 37th meeting at Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights, KY, on Fri-Sat, February 10-11, 2017.

This meeting is dedicated to the work of Henri Lebesgue (1875-1941), famous for his seminal contributions to measure theory in the 1920s. In 1966, Kenneth O. May, the renowned historian of mathematics, edited a translation of two of Lebesgue’s works in this arena, so we have a nice English language text to study. Our readings for this meeting both come from

Lebesgue, Henri. Measure and the Integral. Edited with a biographical essay by Kenneth O. May (trans.). Holden-Day, 1966:

  • The Front Matter includes a Biographical Sketch of Lebesgue and a Selected Bibliography (pp. 1-7).
  • Part I is called Measure of Magnitudes, a translation of La Mesure des Grandeurs, first published serially in Enseignement mathématique, ser. 1, vols. 31-34, 1933-1936; then reprinted in Geneva in 1956 as a monograph by Enseignement mathématique; we will read Chapters VI-VII (pp. 125-168).
  • Part II is titled Development of the Integral Concept, a translation of Sur le developpement de la notion d'integrale, first published in Copenhagen in Matematisk Tidsskrift B, (1926) 54-74, and again in 1927 in Revue de Metaphysique et de Morale, vol. 34, and (in Spanish) the same year in Revista Matematica Hispano-Americana, ser. 2, vol. 2; we will read the entire short article (pp. 178-194).

Also included is an éloge of Lebesgue:

  • Burkill, J.C. "Henri Lebesgue. 1875-1941." Obituary Notices of Fellows of the Royal Society, vol. 4, no. 13 (Nov 1944), 483-490.


Submissions from 1966


Measure and the Integral: Front Matter, Henri Lebesgue


Measure and the Integral: Part I, Henri Lebesgue


Measure and the Integral: Part II, Henri Lebesgue

Submissions from 1944


Henri Lebesgue. 1875-1941., J. C. Burkill