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Beppo Levi


Beppo Levi was an Italian mathematician. He published high-level academic articles and books not only in mathematics, but also in physics, history, philosophy, and pedagogy. Levi was a member of the Bologne Academy of Sciences and of the Accademia dei Lincei.

Beppo Levi was born on May 14, 1875 in Turin, Italy. He studied at the University of Turin, and obtained his Ph.D. in mathematics at age 21. Three months later, Levi was appointed Assistant Professor, also at the University Of Turin, where he shortly thereafter became a full time Scholar. Levi was appointed Professor at the University of Piacenza in 1901, at the University of Cagliari in 1906, at the University of Parma in 1910, and finally at the University of Bologne in 1928. The following years bore the signature of Mussolini's power and rising antisemitism in Italy. As a Jew, Levi was soon expelled from his position at the University of Bologne. He emigrated to Argentina, as did many other European Jews at the time.

The choice of Argentina was in response to an invitation by engineer Cortes Pla, dean at the Facultad de Ciencias Matematicas, Fisico-Quimicas y Naturales at the Universidad del Litoral (UNR) in the city of Rosario. Cortes Pla invited Levi to come to Rosario to head the recently created Instituto de Matematica. It was there that Levi did most of his work from 1939 until his death in 1961.

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Beppo Levi and the arithmetic of elliptic curves

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