Ryszard Engelking



Ryszard Engelking (born 1935-11-16 in
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) is a Polish mathematician. He was working mainly on
general topology In mathematics, general topology is the branch of topology that deals with the basic set-theoretic definitions and constructions used in topology. It is the foundation of most other branches of topology, including differential topology, geome ...
dimension theory In physics and mathematics, the dimension of a mathematical space (or object) is informally defined as the minimum number of coordinates needed to specify any point within it. Thus, a line has a dimension of one (1D) because only one coordin ...
. He is author of several influential monographs in this field. The 1989 edition of his ''General Topology'' is nowadays a standard reference for
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Scientific work

Apart from his books, Ryszard Engelking is known, among other things, for a generalization to an arbitrary topological space of the "Alexandroff double circle", for works on completely metrizable spaces, suborderable spaces and generalized ordered spaces. The ''Engelking–Karlowicz theorem'', proved together with Monica Karlowicz, is a statement about the existence of a family of functions from 2^ \mu to \mu with topological and set-theoretical Uri Abraham and
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, Cardinal Arithmetic, Ch. 14 in Handbook of Set Theory (Matthew Foreman, Akihiro Kanamori, Editors) pp. 1223, 1226.
applications. In addition to research papers authored just by himself, he also published jointly with
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, Aleksander Pełczyński and others. He has published about 60 scientific works reviewed by
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Translation works

Apart from mathematics he is also interested in literature. He translated into Polish French authors: Flaubert's ''Madame Bovary'', and works of Baudelaire,
Gérard de Nerval Gérard de Nerval (; 22 May 1808 – 26 January 1855) was the pen name of the French writer, poet, and translator Gérard Labrunie, a major figure of French romanticism, best known for his novellas and poems, especially the collection '' Les Fi ...
, Auguste de Villiers de L'Isle-Adam, Nicolas Restif de la Bretonne. For these activities he was awarded by Literatura na Świecie (''World Literature'').


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