Paul Joseph Cohen

1934 - 2007

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Cohen used a technique called forcing to prove the independence in set theory of the axiom of choice and of the generalised continuum hypothesis.
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List of References (16 books/articles)

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Mathematicians born in the same country

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Additional Material in MacTutor

  1. Paul Cohen on mathematics and teaching
  2. Obituary: Stanford News

Honours awarded to Paul Cohen
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AMS Bôcher Prize1964
Fields Medal1966
LMS Honorary Member1973


Other Web sites
  1. Paul Cohen web-site
  2. Encyclopaedia Britannica
  1. Mathematical Genealogy Project

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