Grothendieck’s parents

From “Who is Alexander Grothendieck?  Anarchy, Mathematics, Spirituality, Solitude,” by Winfried Scharlau (trans. Melissa Schneps)

If one is to believe the account given in Eine Frau, Sascha saw Hanka’s photograph by chance, probably one of the photographs that still exist today, and immediately informed the dismayed husband: “I will take your wife away!”  A few days later Hanka appeared, still rather weak from her abortion — and it was love at first sight.”

3 thoughts on “Grothendieck’s parents

  1. Nat says:

    Yes, his parents were completely crazy too.

  2. There’s going to be a fourth volume (Solitude)? And the Mathematics volume (no. 2) is largely by or organised by Schneps, is it not? cf http://www.amazon.com/Alexandre-Grothendieck-Mathematical-Portrait-English/dp/1571462821.

    I see via Amazon that the English translation of volume 1 is titled as you’ve given it, with subtitle “Anarchy”, but the German is titled “Wer ist Alexander Grothendieck? Anarchie, Mathematik, Spiritualität — Eine Biographie — Teil 1: Anarchie “

  3. JSE says:

    I just got that Schneps volume! It’s a different book, not the translation of vol 2 of Scharlau.

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