I take the liberty of starting this brief preface by picking up a sentence by the
author himself, the one that in my view summarizes the main objective of the
book; “The academic and professional life of elite scientists deserves to be
known by members of society”. Yes, and with much more reason, from our elite
scientists, at a time when examples of discredit in science abound.
The History of Mathematics in Brazil has been a focus of the many works of
Clovis Pereira da Silva. In it, he reports the trajectory of the Mathematician and
Professor Luis Adauto da Justa Medeiros, of whom he was a student in the
Master’s Program of the Institute of Mathematics of the Federal University of
Rio de Janeiro. In addition to the enviable scientific curriculum and academic
trajectory, the book reports the Professor’s view, of the one we should write with
a capital P: motivator, instigator.
The book is not just a biography of Luis Adauto; it is also a tribute to the author
to the teacher and friend. It is the confession of those who could experience the
passion of a scientist for mathematics, for the training of mathematicians ,and for
the university, in particular, UFRJ, his second home, where from the top of his
93 years, Luis Adauto, Professor Emeritus, continues to guide, motivate and
instigating colleagues and students.
In addition to the text written with the particular care of Clovis and the various
photos that illustrate important moments in Luis Adauto’s professional career,
the book is filled with testimonies from former students, today’s researchers and
professors at several Brazilian and foreign universities.
And if the reader is initiated in high-level mathematics, he will also be awarded
the reading of Appendix A, written at the invitation of Manuel Milla Miranda, a
former student and collaborator of Luis Adauto. In addition to a brief list of
scientific production, several research topics in Partial Differential Equations are
detailed in this chapter, as well as some of the main results obtained by Luis
Adauto in this field of mathematics.
Rolci de Almeida Cipolatti
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