Men of Mathematics

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Simon and Schuster, 31.03.2014 - 608 Seiten
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From one of the greatest minds in contemporary mathematics, Professor E.T. Bell, comes a witty, accessible, and fascinating look at the beautiful craft and enthralling history of mathematics.

Men of Mathematics provides a rich account of major mathematical milestones, from the geometry of the Greeks through Newton’s calculus, and on to the laws of probability, symbolic logic, and the fourth dimension. Bell breaks down this majestic history of ideas into a series of engrossing biographies of the great mathematicians who made progress possible—and who also led intriguing, complicated, and often surprisingly entertaining lives.

Never pedantic or dense, Bell writes with clarity and simplicity to distill great mathematical concepts into their most understandable forms for the curious everyday reader. Anyone with an interest in math may learn from these rich lessons, an advanced degree or extensive research is never necessary.
 

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INTRODUCTION
3
MODERN MINDS IN ANCIENT BODIES
19
S GENTLEMAN SOLDIER AND MATHEMATICIAN
35
THE PRINCE OF AMATEURS
56
GREATNESS AND MISERY OF MAN
73
ON THE SEASHORE
90
MASTER OF ALL TRADES
117
The Bernoullis seventeenthand eighteenth centuries
131
GENIUS AND POVERTY
307
THE GREAT ALGORIST
327
AN IRISH TRAGEDY 340
340
GENIUS AND STUPIDITY
362
INVARIANT TWINS
378
MASTER AND PUPIL 406
406
3 COMPLETE INDEPENDENCE 433
433
THE MAN NOT THE METHOD 448
448

ANALYSIS INCARNATE
139
A LOFTY PYRAMID
153
FROM PEASANT TO SNOB
172
FRIENDS OF AN EMPEROR
183
THE DAY OF GLORY
206
THE PRINCE OF MATHEMATICIANS 218
218
6 MATHEMATICS AND WINDMILLS
270
Converted by a nightmare Revelation of analytic geometry More
294
THE DOUBTER 466
466
ANIMA CANDIDA 484
484
ARITHMETIC THE SECOND 510
510
THE LAST UNIVERSALIST 526
526
PARADISE LOST? 655
555
INDEX 581
581
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