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Samuel Eilenberg

Samuel Eilenberg was a Polish mathematician. Born: 1913 in Warsaw, Poland. Died: 1998 in New York, USA.

His main interest was topology. He worked on the axiomatic treatment of homology with Norman Steenrod, and on homological algebra with Saunders Mac Lane, wrote a book on homological algebra with Henri Cartan that became a classic, and took part in the Bourbaki group meetings. Later in life he worked mainly in pure category theory. The Eilenberg telescope is a surprising construction, applying the telescoping cancellation idea to projective modules.

See also: Stefan Banach, Stanislaw Ulam.

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