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Genre/Form: | Electronic books Biographies Biography |
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Additional Physical Format: | Print version: Kendig, Keith, 1938- Never a dull moment. Providence, Rhode Island : MAA Press, an imprint of the American Mathematical Society, [2018] (DLC) 2018023363 (OCoLC)1040073657 |

Named Person: | Hassler Whitney; Hassler Whitney |

Material Type: | Document, Internet resource |

Document Type: | Internet Resource, Computer File |

All Authors / Contributors: |
Keith Kendig |

ISBN: | 9781470449117 1470449110 |

OCLC Number: | 1065386781 |

Description: | 1 online resource (xix, 385 pages) : illustrations |

Contents: | Some snapshots -- How Hassler chose his genes -- Growing up -- Hassler goes to college -- Early days at Harvard -- The four-color problem : some history and Whitney's contributions to it -- Whitney and the four-color problem : a closer look -- Whitney discovers a big brother to the matrix : the matroid -- Topology : its beginnings -- Topology grows into a branch of mathematics -- Whitney helped revolutionize algebraic topology -- Whitney's extension theorems -- Whitney's weak embedding theorem -- Whitney's strong embedding theorem -- World War II -- From Harvard to the institute : insights on smooth mappings -- Are there decomposition theorems for nonmanifolds? -- After research -- Evolution or revolution? -- Other happenings at the institute -- The unspeakable was about to happen -- Sometimes you get to know people through the little things -- Parting shots : a gallery of photos. |

Series Title: | Spectrum series. |

Responsibility: | Keith Kendig. |

### Abstract:

Hassler Whitney was a giant of twentieth-century mathematics. This biography paints a picture of him and includes dozens of revealing anecdotes. Mathematically, he had a rare detector that went off whenever he spotted a piece of mathematical gold, and he would then draw countless pictures, gradually forging a path from hunch to proof.
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