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By Arild Stubhaug

Gösta Mittag-Leffler (1846–1927) performed an important position at the international degree as either a scientist and entrepreneur. considered as the daddy of Swedish arithmetic, his impact prolonged some distance past his selected box as a result of his huge community of overseas contacts in technological know-how, company, and the humanities. His social circles integrated such luminaries as Selma Lagerlöf, Albert Einstein, Sonya Kovalevsky, Alfred Nobel, Karl Weierstrass, Henri Poincaré, and Marie Curie. (He used to be instrumental in seeing to it that the latter used to be presented the Nobel Prize, now not as soon as yet twice.) one in every of Mittag-Leffler’s significant accomplishments used to be the founding of the magazine Acta Mathematica in 1882. at the present time the magazine continues to be released through Institut Mittag-Leffler and Sweden’s Royal Academy of Sciences, and it is still some of the most prestigious journals in arithmetic. Arild Stubhaug’s examine for this huge biography of the Swedish mathematician trusted a wealth of fundamental and secondary assets, together with greater than 30000 letters which are a part of the Mittag-Leffler information. Written in a lucid and compelling demeanour, the biography comprises many hitherto unknown proof approximately Mittag-Leffler’s own lifestyles endeavors. it is going to be of serious curiosity to either mathematicians and common readers drawn to technological know-how and culture.

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Palme and his Finnish wife Hanna Maria, née von Born, were known for providing an open and hospitable home for receptions, dinners, 28 Prelude and parties. Strindberg, who seems to have known the Palme family before he moved to Djursholm, became a frequent guest at the villa on Strandvägen, just a few hundred meters from his own house at Götavägen 4. The writer sculpted a bust of Hanna and a statuette of her son Gunnar (who would one day become the father of Sweden’s prime minister, Olof Palme).

Mittag-Leffler had built his villa among big oak trees on the ridge of the expansive site. Three of the most famous architects of the day – Rudolf Arborelius, Carl Westman, and Ferdinand Boberg – would each in turn set his mark on the house. In April 1891, by the time it was ready for the family to move in, the architect Arborelius and his colleague Ernst Lundroth were responsible for both the exterior and interior appearance of the villa. The building costs totaled just under 50,000 kronor, and Mittag-Leffler’s father-in-law had contributed 10,000 of the amount.

But improving and ensuring a quick rail connection to Stockholm – all the way to the center of the city at Engelbrektsplan – was an essential concern of the Djursholm Corporation. In this area the company had to cooperate with Rimbo Railways, a small rail line with two round-trips a day. It had been established several years earlier by the Stockholm-Rimbo Rail Company AB to handle the more modest traffic needs of southern Roslagen. From the existing stretch of train tracks a three-kilometer-long side track was going to be constructed.

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