The Manuscript Section of the ‘G. Peano’ Library of the Department of Mathematics of the University of Turin has in its keeping an important collection of manuscripts by Corrado Segre (Saluzzo 1863-Turin 1924), the founder of the Italian school of algebraic geometry, in whose ranks are numbered such distinguished mathematicians as G. Castelnuovo, F. Severi, F. Enriques and G. Fano. The most important part of this collection is in the form of 40 books of lecture notes, in which, every summer, Segre made a careful record of his lectures for the courses he was to teach in the following autumn. These notebooks are not only extraordinary evidence of his gifts as a teacher, but also important historical documentation on his research activity, of which they are sometimes a preliminary stage, sometimes a reflection. The CD-ROM, structured as an hypertex, reproduces all the lecture notebooks (approximately 8000 pages) with critical, bibliographical and iconographical material consisting of: a biographical profile of Segre; section devoted to Segre’s own teachers and students (with short bio-bibliographical information); a complete list of Segre’s publications, including his reviews; bibliographical sources; archive sources; an English introduction. The most important of these notebooks are supplied with a brief introduction illustrating their salient points and scientific importance, and with an index of the writings quoted by Segre and an index of authors, with links to the notebooks. A research engine makes it possible to surf easily within the CD-ROM.
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