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Erwin Papperitz
(17 May 1857 - 5 Aug 1938)

German mathematician whose work was mainly in complex analysis and descriptive geometry. He was a founding member of the German Mathematical Society in 1890.

Science Quotes by Erwin Papperitz (1 quote)

The object of pure mathematics is those relations which may be conceptually established among any conceived elements whatsoever by assuming them contained in some ordered manifold; the law of order of this manifold must be subject to our choice; the latter is the case in both of the only conceivable kinds of manifolds, in the discrete as well as in the continuous.
— Erwin Papperitz
In άber das System der rein mathematischen Wissenschaften, Jahresbericht der Deutschen Mathematiker-Vereinigung, Bd. 1, 36. As quoted and cited in Robert Ιdouard Moritz, Memorabilia Mathematica; Or, The Philomath’s Quotation-book (1914), 3.
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