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A strange wilderness : the lives of the great mathematicians

Author: Amir D Aczel
Publisher: New York : Sterling, cop. 2011.
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"Bestselling popular science author Amir Aczel selects the most fascinating individuals and stories in the history of mathematics, presenting a colorful narrative that explores the quirky personalities behind some of the most profound, enduring theorems. Through such mathematical geniuses as Archimedes, Leonardo of Pisa (a.k.a. Fibonacci), Tartaglia ("the stutterer"), Descartes, Gottfried Liebniz, Carl Gauss, Joseph  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Amir D Aczel
ISBN: 9781402785849 1402785844
OCLC Number: 929425855
Description: XIX, 284 p. : il. ; 24 cm
Contents: Hellenic foundations. God is number ; Plato's Academy ; Alexandria --
The East. The House of Wisdom ; Medieval China --
Renaissance mathematics. Italian shenanigans ; Heresy --
To calculus and beyond. The gentleman soldier ; The greatest rivalry ; Geniuses of the Enlightenment --
Upheaval in France. Napoleon's mathematicians ; Duel at dawn --
Toward a new mathematics. Infinity and mental illness ; Unlikely heroes ; The strangest wilderness.
Responsibility: Amir D. Aczel.

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From Archimedes' Eureka! moment to Alexander Grothendieck's seclusion in the Pyrenees, bestselling author Aczel selects the most compelling stories in the history of mathematics, creating a colorful  Read more...

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