Does anyone know of an English translation of Ludwig Bieberbach’s infamous 1934 Berlin lecture, delivered at the annual conference of the Deutscher Verein zur Förderung des mathematischen und naturwissenschaftlichen Unterrichts? This is the lecture in which he tried to draw a distinction between German mathematics and Jewish/French mathematics, claiming them to be “separated by an unbridgeable chasm”.

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    $\begingroup$ Ludwig Bieberbach, "Persönlichkeitsstruktur und mathematisches Schaffen." Unterrichtsblätter für Mathematik und Naturwissenschaften, Vol. 40, No. 7, 1934, pp. 236-243. I haven't been able to find a publicly accessible scan yet, Google provides only tiny snippets. $\endgroup$
    – njuffa
    Dec 28, 2023 at 22:43
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    $\begingroup$ Ludwig Bieberbach, "Persönlichkeitsstruktur und mathematisches Schaffen." Forschungen und Fortschritte, Vol. 10, No. 18, Jun. 1934, pp. 235-237. I am not entirely certain of all details of this citation which I had to piece together from multiple sources. Again, Google offers only useless snippets. $\endgroup$
    – njuffa
    Dec 28, 2023 at 22:54
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    $\begingroup$ The press report appears to be: "Neue Mathematik. Ein Vortrag von Prof. Bieberbach", Die Deutsche Zukunft, Vol. 2, April 8, 1934. The Bavarian State Library appears to hold volumes 1 through 8 of this publication, but they have not been digitized. The actual talk this refers to seems to have occurred in Berlin on April 3, 1934. $\endgroup$
    – njuffa
    Dec 28, 2023 at 23:24
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    $\begingroup$ Based on an hour-long Google search, an English translation of "Persönlichkeitsstruktur und mathematisches Schaffen" does not seem to exist yet. $\endgroup$
    – njuffa
    Dec 29, 2023 at 0:05
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    $\begingroup$ Bohr commented on Bieberbach's talk in a Danish newspaper, but I have not been able to locate a scan of the publication: Harald Bohr, "'Ny Matematik' i Tyskland." Berlingske Aften, May 1, 1934, p. 9. $\endgroup$
    – njuffa
    Dec 29, 2023 at 0:30


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