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Great feuds in mathematics : ten of the liveliest disputes ever

Author: Hal Hellman
Publisher: Hoboken, N.J. : John Wiley, ©2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Hal Hellman
ISBN: 0471648779 9780471648772
OCLC Number: 62281940
Description: vi, 250 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Tartaglia versus Cardano. Solving cubic equations --
Descartes versus Fermat. Analytic geometry and optics --
Newton versus Leibniz. Credit for the calculus --
Bernoulli versus Bernoulli. Sibling rivalry of the highest order --
Sylvester versus Huxley. Ivory tower or real world? --
Kronecker versus Cantor. Mathematical insanity --
Borel versus Zermelo. The "notorious axiom" --
Poincar versus Russell. The logical foundations of mathematics --
Hilbert versus Brouwer. Formalism versus intuitionism --
Absolutists/platonists versus fallibilists/constructionists. Are mathematical advances discoveries or inventions?
Responsibility: Hal Hellman.
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