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- It was my lot to plant the harpoon of algebraic topology into the body of the whale of algebraic geometry.
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Quotes about Lefschetz
- It is quite obvious that he was strongly influenced by the similar problems in algebraic geometry, and in particular by the theory of correspondences, studied since the middle of the nineteenth century by Chasles and the school of “enumerative geometry” (de Jonquières, Zeuthen, Schubert), then by Hurwitz in the theory of Riemann surfaces, and which had been thoroughly investigated by Severi in the first years of the twentieth century; this influence explains the rather unusual frame within which Lefschetz developed his theory.
- Jean Dieudonné (1 September 2009). A History of Algebraic and Differential Topology, 1900 - 1960. Springer Science & Business Media. p. 198. ISBN 978-0-8176-4907-4.