Mathematical Texts
Biographical Texts
Photograph Album
Circle Members
Biographical Information

Biographical Material

Texts authored by A. Grothendieck

Texts concerning Grothendieck's ecological activities


Biographical information


Links concerning Grothendieck's childhood, Rieucros, Vernet

Mathematical/biographical sketches of Grothendieck

Radio broadcasts devoted to Grothendieck

  • Continent Sciences broadcast Autour d'Alexandre Grothendieck - with Denis Guedj, Michel Demazure and Laurent Lafforgue.

  • La Marche des Sciences broadcast Entre ombre et lumière - with P. Cartier, M. Demazure and L. Schneps.

  • Une vie, une oeuvre broadcast Alexandre Grothendieck ou le silence du génie - with Jean Malgoire, Jean-Paul Malrieu, Leila Schneps, Pierre Lochak, Pierre Cartier, Christian Escriva et André Joyal.

  • La Méthode Scientifique broadcast L'héritage d'Alexandre Grothendieck with Pierre Cartier, Claude Viterbo and Anne-Sandrine Paumier.

  • The audio of a discussion with Hervé Nisic, following the screening of his documentary film L'espace d'un homme about Grothendieck on April 18, 2013 in Marseille.



Texts concerning Grothendieck's parents

  • Eine Frau   This 1500 page typed manuscript in German contains Hanka Grothendieck's memories of her life from 1900 to 1928, the year in which she conceived Alexander. The story is told in the third person. As far as fairly extensive research and conversations with friends, family members and other records (mostly conducted by W. Scharlau) have been able to confirm, the book appears to reflect the factual truth in every detail except for changing of the names of the family members: Lotte Babendeerde for Hanka Grothendieck, Redy Spenzer for Alfred Raddatz, Frigga (Ilka) for Frode (Maidi), Hans, Peter and Helmut for her brothers Fritz, Claus and Siegfried... Sascha Schapiro is called Sascha in the book.

  • La Clef des Songes   The third chapter  Le voyage à Memphis (1): l'errance  contains further details about the lives of Grothendieck's parents, including some things not described in Eine Frau

  • Der Pranger a (retyped) issue the newspaper that Hanka Grothendieck wrote for in Hamburg in the 1920's

  • Großstadtnächtliches Hanka's poem in Der Pranger for which the paper went to trial

  • Eine Entdeckung: Hanka Grothendiecks autobiographischer Roman Eine Frau An essay in German on Eine Frau by Winfried Scharlau

  • Alexander Schapiro/Tanaroff und Hanka Grothendieck The beginning of a biography of Grothendieck's parents, by Winfried Scharlau

  • Grothendieck's Dream of the Rising Sea  A play by Adrian Heathcote, inspired by Grothendieck and his parents' lives
  • Lotte à Berlin A play in French by Pierre Lochak inspired by Eine Frau
  • Lotte in Berlin The German translation of the above play.

  • Stienka Rasin - a German short story written by anarchist author Theodor Plievier (1892-1955) about his friend Sascha Tanaroff/Schapiro, Grothendieck's father.