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Duel at dawn : heroes, martyrs, and the rise of modern mathematics

Author: Amir R Alexander
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2010.
Series: New histories of science, technology, and medicine.
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In this strikingly original book that takes readers from Paris to St. Petersburg, Norway to Transylvania, Alexander introduces those national heroes and outcasts, innocents, swindlers, and martyrs who were also the uncommonly gifted creators of modern mathematics.
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Amir R Alexander
ISBN: 9780674046610 0674046617
OCLC Number: 456170021
Description: 307 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: I: Natural men --
The eternal child --
Natural mathematics --
II: Heroes and martyrs --
A habit of insult: The short and impertinent life of Evariste Galois --
The exquisite dance of the blue nymphs --
A martyr to contempt --
III: Romantic mathematics --
The poetry of mathematics --
Purity and rigor: the birth of modern mathematics --
IV: A new and different world --
The gifted swordsman --
Conclusion: Portrait of a mathematician.
Series Title: New histories of science, technology, and medicine.
Responsibility: Amir Alexander.

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In the fog of a Paris dawn in 1832, Evariste Galois, the twenty-year-old founder of modern algebra, was shot and killed in a duel. Arguing that not even the purest mathematics can be separated from  Read more...

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Through the life stories of three of the period's most controversial figures, Evariste Galois, Niels Henrik Abel and Janos Bolyai, Alexander reveals how their transgressive work changed mathematics Read more...

 
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