
 DAVID HILBERT 
  For many years, Hilbert held the position at the Mathematical Institute at the University of Göttingen that was recognized as the most prestigious mathematical position in Germany, and possibly, in the world. 
  Hilbert's scientific activity can be roughly divided into six periods, according to the years of publication of the results: up to 1893 (at Königsberg), algebraic forms; 18941899, algebraic number theory; 18991903, foundations of geometry; 19041909, analysis (Dirichlet's principle, calculus of variations, integral equations, Waring's problem); 19121914, theoretical physics; after 1918, foundations of mathematics. 
  Leo Corry, "David Hilbert and the Axiomatization of Physics," Archives for History of Exact Sciences 51 (1997) 83198. 
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