Some days ago I came across the following photo of André Weil. I obtained it from the archived page COLLOQUE ANDRÉ WEIL (resume).

Furthermore, I found that this photo was used as the cover of a bibliography of André Weil published by Maruzen. Here is one link:


I have no Japanese and the above information is useless for me.

Does someone know the history of this photo? Where can it be obtained with higher resolution?

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    $\begingroup$ Wouldn't this question be better suited for hsm.stackexchange.com ? $\endgroup$ – Yemon Choi Jan 29 at 16:08
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    $\begingroup$ I asked at that site, but I think that here are more expert mathematicians (that know more about the history of mathematics than historicians of science in general) that could know something about this picture. I deleted the post at HSM site yesterday @YemonChoi $\endgroup$ – DrinkingDonuts Jan 29 at 16:12
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    $\begingroup$ According to a well-known translation service, "Autobiography of André Veil, a mathematician of the 20th century. This book is a valuable photograph discovered after Veil wrote this autobiography and passed away, a memorandum by a Japanese mathematician (Masayoshi Miyanaga, Ichiro Sakura) who had an exchange with Veil, a visit to Veil's apartment by translator Inaba Nobuko New edition which compiled and edited." Based on the background (you can see the Panthéon I think) I'd say the image was taken somewhere in Paris, perhaps at the ENS, maybe at the IHP... Hard to say. $\endgroup$ – Najib Idrissi Jan 29 at 16:14
  • $\begingroup$ Or maybe it was even in Weil's apartment as it says in the short text. I don't know if he lived around there. (Today a mathematician's salary is certainly not enough to get an apartment with a patio in this area, but 80 years ago...) $\endgroup$ – Najib Idrissi Jan 29 at 16:17
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    $\begingroup$ The photo appears in the first page of the œuvres scientifiques (collected works) of Weil, volume II (Springer), with the mention "Paris 1953". I didn't find any other mention of the photo in that book. $\endgroup$ – abx Jan 29 at 21:05

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