authored by A. Grothendieck
concerning Grothendieck's ecological activities
A biography of Alexander Grothendieck, written jointly by W. Scharlau
(volumes 1, 3, 4) and Leila Schneps (volume 2)
Who is Alexander
Grothendieck? Anarchy, Mathematics, Spirituality, Solitude
is currently in progress.
The first volume
in German, and its English translation Anarchy can be
purchased in book form from Amazon. The second volume, Mathematics is currently in progress
and can be found on the Grothendieck Circle website. The third volume
Spiritualität in German is also available from Amazon,
and the English translation of this volume, Spirituality
can be found here on the website.
The German volumes can also be found
here, together with
several by W. Scharlau concerning Grothendieck's writings and his biography
and that of his parents.
- A brief
- Ein kurzer
von Alexander Grothendieck (German)
(by W. Scharlau)
Links concerning Grothendieck's childhood, Rieucros, Vernet
- The Camp de Rieucros where Grothendieck and his mother
spent part of the war
On November 12, 1938 the law concerning 'undesirables'
was passed; among others, all Germans residing in France were to be interned
in special camps. Alexander Grothendieck (aged 12 or 13) was interned
in Rieucros together with his mother. His father was in the Camp du Vernet for
men, whereas Alexander was allowed to remain with his mother in the women's
camp of Rieucros.
- Camp du Vernet Link to the Camp du Vernet where
Grothendieck's father Sascha Schapiro was interned, and from which he was
deported to Auschwitz in 1942
- A few photos of the Camp du Vernet,
then and now
- La Guespy and Chambon-sur-Lignon
La Guespy was the Home for Jewish children run by
Protestants in the village of Chambon-sur-Lignon during and after World War II.
They saved countless Jewish children from Nazi roundups. Grothendieck spent
the years 1943-45 at La Guespy and attended the Collège
Cévénol while living there. He mentions this in
La Clef des Songes, pp. 94-99.
at La Guespy Brief description of
Grothendieck as a teenager by the directress of La Guespy
Mathematical/biographical sketches of Grothendieck
- An interview with Jean Giraud Jean Giraud
was one of Grothendieck's graduate students
- The IHES at 40 This article by Allyn Jackson
discusses the history of the IHES, and includes a description of
Grothendieck’s influence on the institute (albeit containing several
Who is Alexander Grothendieck? This article by Winfried Scharlau
is a short version of his biographical writings.
- Comme Appelé du Néant --
As If Summoned From the Void
A very interesting two-part article by Allyn Jackson, from the
Notices of the AMS (Part I is in Vol 51, No. 4, Part II is in Vol 51, No. 10),
full of anecdotes about Grothendieck's youth and professional life.
Découvrir et transmettre: la dimension collective des
mathématiques dans Récoltes et Semailles d'Alexandre
by A. Herreman
Notes on the life and work of Alexander Grothendieck
An 18-page biographical article by Piotr Pragacz, originally
published in Polish in Wiadomo´sci Matematyczne 40
Mais où est le génie des maths? biographical sketch by
Memories of Shourik memories of Grothendieck by Valentin Poenaru
Un mathématicien d'exception biographical sketch from La
Grothendieck no Brasil Memories (in Portuguese) of
Grothendieck's stay in São Paulo, 1952-1954, by Alberto de
Azevedo. This article appeared in
Transcription of Illusie's reminiscences A text of the audio recording of Illusie above.
On Grothendieck's motive and Cezanne's motif, an article in Chinese by
Kejian Xu, published in the Chinese journal "Mathematical Culture" (Vol. 3,
No. 2, 12-33, 2012).
Alexandre Grothendieck après 1970 - a short text of
reminiscences about Grothendieck by Yves Ladegaillerie.
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
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:
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
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
A play in French by Pierre Lochak inspired by Eine Frau
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