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Ernst P. Specker (born February 11, 1920 in Zurich, Switzerland) is a Swiss mathematician. Much of his most influential work has been on Quine’s New Foundations, a set theory with a universal set, but he is most famous for the Kochen–Specker theorem in quantum mechanics, showing that certain types of hidden variable theories are impossible. He also proved the ordinal partition relation ω2→(ω2,3)2.

Specker received his Ph.D. in 1949 from ETH Zurich,[1] where he has remained throughout his professional career.


1. ^ Ernst Specker at the Mathematics Genealogy Project

External links

* Biography at the University of St. Andrews
* Ernst Specker:Selecta, Birkhauser, 1990.


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