Fairmont Queen Elizabeth (Montreal), December 7 - 10, 2012
To Mittag-Leffler and Weierstrass, such analytic representations, fundamental to the Weierstrassian definition of a function itself, formed the most general ``unit'' of analysis. Indeed, studies devoted to the representation of functions were mainstream during this period. Yet others, and Cantor in particular, saw this dependence on analytic representations as problematic. His correspondence with Mittag-Leffler illuminates a shifting understanding of what it meant to be ``general'', or ``more general'' in mathematics.
In this talk, I shall discuss the concept of “generality” foundational to the Mittag-Leffler Theorem, and consider the importance of this concept to some of Mittag-Leffler's contemporaries.