Anita Burdman Feferman

Anita Burdman Feferman (July 27, 1927 – April 9, 2015) was an American historian of mathematics and biographer, known for her biographies of Jean van Heijenoort and (with her husband, logician Solomon Feferman) of Alfred Tarski.[1][2]


Feferman was born on July 27, 1927. She was originally from Los Angeles, and attended Hollywood High School and the University of California, Los Angeles before earning a bachelor's degree in 1948 from the University of California, Berkeley. She became a schoolteacher in the Oakland, California school system, and earned another degree in teaching from UC Berkeley. In 1956 her husband Solomon Feferman took a position at Stanford University, and she moved with him and their two daughters from the East Bay to the San Francisco Peninsula. She died on April 9, 2015.[3]


At Stanford, Feferman became a member of a biography seminar led by Barbara A. Babcock and Diane Middlebrook.[3] Her first biography, of Jean van Heijenoort, was Politics, Logic, and Love: The Life of Jean van Heijenoort (Jones and Bartlett, 1993), also published as From Trotsky to Gödel: The Life of Jean van Heijenoort (CRC Press, 2001).[4] With Solomon Feferman, she was the co-author of a biography of Alfred Tarski, Alfred Tarski: Life and Logic (Cambridge University Press, 2004).[5]


  1. Zach, Richard (April 22, 2015), Anita Burdman Feferman, 1927-2015
  2. "Feferman, Anita Burdman 1927-",, Cengage, retrieved 2019-10-05
  3. "Anita Burdman Feferman, July 27, 1927–April 9, 2015, Stanford, California", Palo Alto Express
  4. Reviews of The Life of Jean van Heijenoort:
  5. Reviews of Alfred Tarski:
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