We are delighted to make available online a
series of video tapes produced in 1972. These historic tapes show Cornelius Lanczos talking
about his fascinating and restless life as (among other things) student of Eötvös and Fejér
in Hungary, theoretical physicist, assistant of Albert Einstein in Germany, numerical analyst
and inventor of the tau method, (re-)discoverer of the fast Fourier transform and singular value
decomposition, inventor of the Lanczos algorithm while working at the US National Bureau of
Standards, and head of the Theoretical Physics Department at the Dublin Institute for Advanced
Study.

In the last years of his long life Lanczos gave excellent lectures at UMIST (a predecessor institution of The University of Manchester), and apparently it was Ronald Butler who initiated the recording of these video tapes. The first tape (55 minutes) is devoted to Lanczos' views on mathematics and his contributions to numerical analysis. The second tape (45 minutes) is autobiographical, and the third tape (54 minutes) contains a discussion about the life and work of Albert Einstein.

In the last years of his long life Lanczos gave excellent lectures at UMIST (a predecessor institution of The University of Manchester), and apparently it was Ronald Butler who initiated the recording of these video tapes. The first tape (55 minutes) is devoted to Lanczos' views on mathematics and his contributions to numerical analysis. The second tape (45 minutes) is autobiographical, and the third tape (54 minutes) contains a discussion about the life and work of Albert Einstein.

Introduction

Pure and Applied Mathematics

Approximation theory, Otto Szász,

and Chebyshev polynomials

Economization of power series

and the Lanczos tau method

National Bureau of Standards

Singular matrices and the SVD

Boeing and the Lanczos algorithm

Importance of Fourier analysis

Gauss and hypergeometric series

How to lecture and write books

Lanczos' favourite mathematicians

The right mathematical notation

History of mathematics, education,

and deep understanding

Pure and Applied Mathematics

Approximation theory, Otto Szász,

and Chebyshev polynomials

Economization of power series

and the Lanczos tau method

National Bureau of Standards

Singular matrices and the SVD

Boeing and the Lanczos algorithm

Importance of Fourier analysis

Gauss and hypergeometric series

How to lecture and write books

Lanczos' favourite mathematicians

The right mathematical notation

History of mathematics, education,

and deep understanding

Click here to read Cornelius Lanczos' biography on Wikipedia