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The Resource A strange wilderness : the lives of the great mathematicians, Amir D. Aczel

A strange wilderness : the lives of the great mathematicians, Amir D. Aczel

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A strange wilderness : the lives of the great mathematicians
Title
A strange wilderness
Title remainder
the lives of the great mathematicians
Statement of responsibility
Amir D. Aczel
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"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 Leibniz, Carl Gauss, Joseph Fourier (Napoleon's mathematician), Evariste Galois, Georg Cantor, Ramanujan, and "Nicholas Bourbaki, " we gather little known details about the alliances and rivalries that profoundly impacted the development of what the scheming doctor-turned-mathematician Geronimo Girolamo called "The Great Art." This story of mathematics is not your dry "college textbook" account; tales of duels, battlefield heroism, flamboyant arrogance, pranks, secret societies, imprisonment, feuds, theft, and even some fatal errors of judgment fill these pages (clearly, genius doesn't guarantee street smarts). Ultimately, readers will come away from this book entertained, with a newfound appreciation of the tenacity, complexity, eccentricity, and brilliance of the mathematical genius"--
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Aczel, Amir D
Dewey number
510.92/2
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
QA21
LC item number
.A29 2011
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Mathematics
  • Mathematicians
Label
A strange wilderness : the lives of the great mathematicians, Amir D. Aczel
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
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
Control code
ocn707260450
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xix, 284 pages
Isbn
9781402785849
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2011035105
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o707260450
  • (OCoLC)707260450
  • (Sirsi) b13545334
Label
A strange wilderness : the lives of the great mathematicians, Amir D. Aczel
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
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
Control code
ocn707260450
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xix, 284 pages
Isbn
9781402785849
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2011035105
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o707260450
  • (OCoLC)707260450
  • (Sirsi) b13545334

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