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I have recently been told of a proposal to produce an English translation of Landau's Handbuch der Lehre von der Verteilung der Primzahlen, and this prompts me to ask a more general question:

Which foreign-language books would you most like to see translated into English?

These could be classics of historical interest, books you would like your students to read, books you would like to teach from, or books of use in your own research.

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    $\begingroup$ The Russian translation of Milnor's Morse Theory. That's a nice book. :) $\endgroup$ – Ryan Budney Mar 11 '10 at 0:04
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    $\begingroup$ I also have both of them! And I've just check (fast checking) that pictures are absolutely same. Russian version contains small attachments (by Anosov), but they are not... as good as the book and really short, few pages. You know, translation should be a translation (I am sure Arnol'd could add smth interesting to Milnor, I am a student of V.I., but it is not the case). $\endgroup$ – Petya Mar 11 '10 at 0:36
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    $\begingroup$ At least I understood a meaning of your smile! $\endgroup$ – Petya Mar 11 '10 at 0:49
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    $\begingroup$ Another interesting question along these lines: which books "lose" the most in translation? I can't read Russian, but apparently Kostrikin's "Around Burnside" is like that. $\endgroup$ – Steve D Mar 11 '10 at 2:32
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    $\begingroup$ It was (during the 20th century) assumed that all mathematicians read English,French,German. Probably translations of French & German books from that period will (with few exceptions) happen only when computer translationn gets good enough to do it. $\endgroup$ – Gerald Edgar Feb 12 '14 at 15:00

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Dissertation of Hopf: "Über Zusammenhänge zwischen Topologie und Metrik von Mannigfaltigkeiten" (En: Connections between topology and metric of manifolds).

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Paul Lévy 1937 – Théorie de l'addition des variables aléatoires

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