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Author Aczel, Amir D

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

Publ Info New York, N.Y. : Sterling, [2011]
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Descript xix, 284 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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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
Note Includes bibliographical references and index
"Presentis a narrative that explores the quirky personalities behind some of the most profound, enduring theorems. Through such mathematical geniuses as Archimedes, Leonardo of Pisa, Tartaglia, Descartes, Gottfried Leibniz, Carl Gauss, Joseph Fourier, 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"-- Provided by publisher
LC subject Mathematics -- History
Mathematicians -- History
ISBN 9781402785849 (hardback)
1402785844 (hardback)