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date: 05 December 2019

Tarski, Alfredlocked

(14 January 1901–27 October 1983)
  • Anita Burdman Feferman

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Tarski, Alfred (14 January 1901–27 October 1983), mathematical logician, was born Alfred Teitelbaum in Warsaw, Poland, the son of Ignacy Teitelbaum, a Jewish businessman who traded in lumber, and Rosa Prussak. His mother had been a brilliant student in secondary school but did not have a career outside the home. In later years Tarski credited his intellect to his mother but spoke of his father as a “man of the heart.” He grew up in comfortable circumstances and attended the Schola Mazowiecka, a high school for the intellectual elite. Besides the standard academic subjects of the day, he learned Russian, German, French, Greek, and Latin; after school he had private lessons in Hebrew. His mathematics teacher described him as a pupil of extraordinary ability....

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