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Mikhail Mikhailovich Postnikov (Russian: Михаи́л Миха́йлович По́стников; 27 October 1927 – 27 May 2004) was a Soviet mathematician, known for his work in algebraic and differential topology.

Mikhail Postnikov
Born(1927-10-27)27 October 1927
Died27 May 2004(2004-05-27) (aged 76)
Alma materMoscow State University
Known forPostnikov system
Postnikov square
Scientific career
InstitutionsMoscow State University
Doctoral advisorLev Pontryagin
Doctoral studentsSergei Novikov
Yuli Rudyak
Andrei Bolibrukh

He was born in Shatura, near Moscow. He received his Ph.D. from the Moscow State University under the direction of Lev Pontryagin. He died in Moscow.


Selected publicationsEdit

  • Fundamentals of Galois theory, 1961; 142 pp. Dover reprint, 2004
  • The variational theory of geodesics, Translated from the Russian by Scripta Technica, Inc. Edited by Bernard R. Gelbaum. Saunders, Philadelphia, Pa., 1967; 200 pp.[1]
  • Linear algebra and differential geometry. Trans. from the Russian by Vladimir Shokurov. Mir Publishers, 1982; 319 pp.
  • Smooth manifolds, Mir Publishers, 1989; 511 pp.
  • Geometry VI: Riemannian Geometry, Springer, 2001, 504 pp.


  • Leçons de géométrie : Semestre I : Géométrie analytique, Éditions Mir, 1981; 279 pp.
  • Leçons de géométrie : Semestre II : Algèbre linéaire et géométrie différentielle, Éditions Mir, 1981; 263 pp.
  • Leçons de géométrie : Semestre III : Variétés différentiables, Éditions Mir, 1990; 431 pp.
  • Leçons de géométrie : Semestre IV : Géométrie différentielle, Éditions Mir, 1990; 439 pp.
  • Leçons de géométrie : Semestre V : Groupes et algèbres de Lie, Éditions Mir, 1985; 374 pp.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Sacksteder, Richard (1970). "Review of The variational theory of geodesics by M. M. Postnikov". Bull. Amer. Math. Soc. 76: 297–300. doi:10.1090/S0002-9904-1970-12452-1.