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Cesare Burali-Forti

Cesare Burali-Forti (13 August 1861 – 21 January 1931) was an Italian mathematician, after whom the Burali-Forti paradox is named.

Cesare Burali-Forti
Born13 August 1861
Died21 January 1931
Known forBurali-Forti paradox
Scientific career



Burali-Forti was born in Arezzo, and was an assistant of Giuseppe Peano in Turin from 1894 to 1896, during which time he discovered a theorem which Bertrand Russell later realised contradicted a previously proved result by Georg Cantor. The contradiction came to be called the Burali-Forti paradox of Cantorian set theory. He died in Turin.

Books by C. Burali-FortiEdit


Primary literature in English translation:

  • Jean van Heijenoort, 1967. A Source Book in Mathematical Logic, 1879-1931. Harvard Univ. Press.
    • 1897. "A question on transfinite numbers," 104-11.
    • 1897. "On well-ordered classes," 111-12.

Secondary literature:


  • O'Connor, John J.; Robertson, Edmund F., "Cesare Burali-Forti", MacTutor History of Mathematics archive, University of St Andrews.

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