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Euler : the master of us all

by William Dunham

  Print book : Biography

Well written biography of Euler and and survey of his work   (2012-07-06)


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by vleighton

Dunham is well known for the clarity of his prose. This work is no exception. He chronicles the life of Leonard Euler with many details that would make the book enjoyable to even those who do not particularly care for mathematics. The math explained here can be enjoyed by a wide audience from early high schoolers to college students and the general public. This text would be a nice motivation for the high schooler who is good at algebra, but who has no reason to go beyond the problems assigned in the textbook. This book gives the reader a peek at an era when cutting-edge math was done in a more cavalier, romantic, and accessible fashion than today.


Note: There is a rule among popular science books that says: no math equations. This is not one of those books. If you are allergic to equations, you will not like this book (though it has plenty of stories of interest for those who choose to blip over all the equations.) As I have already said, the book's equations are not so complex that they are out of reach for the reader who did well in high school math classes.


A good read. 

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