Walter Rudin's memoirs should prove to be a delightful read specifically to mathematicians, but also to historians who are interested in learning about his colorful history and ancestry. Characterized by his personal style of elegance, clarity, and brevity, Rudin presents in the first part of the book his early memories about his family history, his boyhood in Vienna throughout the 1920s and 1930s, and his experiences during World War II. Part II offers samples of his work, in which he relates where problems came from, what their solutions led to, and who else was involved. As those who are familiar with Rudin's writing will recognize, he brings to this book the same care, depth, and originality that is the hallmark of his work.
Part I.: Prologue Earliest memories The family Schools Inventions Vacations A bit of history Outlaws Switzerland Paris and Parame Intemments Escape Vichy France De Gaulle's army Pioneer Corps Navy Avignon War's end Duke University M.I.T. Rochester Epilogue Map and photographs Part II.: Interchanging limit processes Function algebras Misteaks $\beta\mathbb N$ and $CH$ and all that Idempotent measures Riemann sums Power series with gaps Trigonometric series with gaps Function theory in polydiscs Function theory in balls Holomorphic maps from $\mathbb C^n$ to $\mathbb C^n$.