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Peter Lax, mathematician : an illustrated memoir

Author: Reuben Hersh
Publisher: Providence, Rhode Island : American Mathematical Society, [2015]
Series: AMS Non-Series Monographs, v. 88.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Hersh's memoir of Peter Lax is a revealing glimpse into the life, times, and work of one of the giants of mathematics. The story, told through reminiscences and interviews with Lax himself, his family, and his close friends, is the story of mathematics and its relationships to science and society from the Second World War to the end of the century. -Charlie Epstein, University of Pennsylvania. This book is a  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
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Hersh, Reuben, 1927-
Peter Lax, mathematician.
Providence, Rhode Island : American Mathematical Society, 2015
(DLC) 2014036520
(OCoLC)890912711
Named Person: Peter D Lax; Peter D Lax
Material Type: Biography, Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Reuben Hersh
ISBN: 9781470420437 1470420430
OCLC Number: 947031564
Description: 1 online resource (xxi, 253 pages) : illustrations.
Contents: Chapter 1. A prodigy and his family have a narrow escape Chapter 2. Manhattan, NY, and Manhattan Project. An army private among the "Martians" Chapter 3. Family life: Son, husband, father, grandfather Chapter 4. Early career Chapter 5. The famous CDC 6600 bomb-scare adventure Chapter 6. Later career Chapter 7. The queen of Norway Entr'acte. Peter's stories Chapter 8. Books Chapter 9. Pure AND applied, not VERSUS applied Chapter 10. Difference schemes. Shocks. Solitons. Scattering. Lax-Milgram. Polya's curve. Etc. Epilogue Appendix 1. Anneli Lax Appendix 2. John von Neumann: The early years, the years at Los Alamos, and the road to computing Appendix 3. The life of Richard Courant Appendix 4. Peter D. Lax curriculum vitae Appendix 5. The closed graph theorem Appendix 6. List of Peter Lax's doctoral students (from the Mathematics Genealogy Project) Introduction to John Lax Appendix 7. From A Liberal Education, by Abbott Gleason, pages 314-317, on John Lax Appendix 8. John Lax article on Chicago jazz musicians.
Series Title: AMS Non-Series Monographs, v. 88.
Responsibility: Reuben Hersh ; photographic research by Eda Gordon.

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"Hersh's memoir of Peter Lax is a revealing glimpse into the life, times, and work of one of the giants of mathematics. The story, told through reminiscences and interviews with Lax himself, his family, and his close friends, is the story of mathematics and its relationships to science and society from the Second World War to the end of the century. -Charlie Epstein, University of Pennsylvania. This book is a biography of one of the most famous and influential living mathematicians, Peter Lax. He is virtually unique as a preeminent leader in both pure and applied mathematics, fields which are often seen as competing and incompatible."--

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