Colloquia Patavina: These strange fractions which never end... The history of continued fractions


Martedi' 12 Maggio 2009 alle ore 16:00 in aula 1A/150 della Torre Archimede il Professor Claude Brezinski (University of Lille) terra' una conferenza della serie Colloquia Patavina.

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M.A. Garuti, M. Pavon, M. Pitteri, F. Rossi

These strange fractions which never end... The history of continued fractions

Claude Brezinski (University of Lille)

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Claude Brezinski studied in Paris and then worked in various places as a research engineer. He defended his Doctoral Thesis in Grenoble in 1971 under the supervision of Noel Gastinel. In 1973, he was appointed Associate Professor at the University of Lille at the age of 31, and became Full Professor in 1984. He spent all his academic career in Lille until his retirement in 2006. His first interest was on extrapolation methods for accelerating the convergence of sequences. He also worked on Pade' approximation, continued fractions, formal orthogonal polynomials, and numerical linear algebra. In these areas, he is recognized as an international expert. He received many invitations aboard, and taught in several Universities in the world. He also became interested in the history of science, and published 4 books for the general audience, and the biography of several mathematicians including Cholesky. He had about 60 doctoral students, and he is the author of more than 200 research papers and 18 books. Claude Brezinski is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of the journal Numerical Algorithms, and he belongs to the editorial board of several journal. In 1988, he received the Seymour Cray Prize for his career, and, since 2002, he is a foreign member of the Royal Academy of Sciences of Zaragoza in Spain.

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