Men of Mathematics (Touchstone Book)

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9780671628185: Men of Mathematics (Touchstone Book)
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"Nature" Professor E.T. Bell has written a fascinating book. The amount of biographical details and of mathematics that he has compressed into a volume of 600 pages is extraordinary...he carries the reader along; he whets the appetite.

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From one of the greatest minds in contemporary mathematics, Professor E.T. Bell, comes a witty, accessible, and fascinating look at the beautiful craft and enthralling history of mathematics. "Men of Mathematics" provides a rich account of major mathematical milestones, from the geometry of the Greeks through Newton's calculus, and on to the laws of probability, symbolic logic, and the fourth dimension. Bell breaks down this majestic history of ideas into a series of engrossing biographies of the great mathematicians who made progress possible--and who also led intriguing, complicated, and often surprisingly entertaining lives. Never pedantic or dense, Bell writes with clarity and simplicity to distill great mathematical concepts into their most understandable forms for the curious everyday reader. Anyone with an interest in math may learn from these rich lessons, an advanced degree or extensive research is never necessary.

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Bell, Eric Temple; Bell, E. T.
Editorial: Touchstone (1986)
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Descripción Touchstone, 1986. Estado de conservación: New. Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: Contents 1. INTRODUCTIONFor the reader's comfort. The beginning of modern mathematics. Are mathematicians human? Witless parodies. Illimitable scope of mathematical evolution. Pioneers and scouts. A clue through the maze. Continuity and discreteness. Remarkable rarity of common sense. Vivid mathematics or vague mysticism? Four great ages of mathematics. Our own the Golden Age.2. MODERN MINDS IN ANCIENT BODIESZeno (fifth century B.C.), Eudoxus (408-355 B.C.), Archimedes (287?-212 B.C.)Modern ancients and ancient moderns. Pythagoras, great mystic, greater mathematician. Proof or intuition? The taproot of modern analysis. A bumpkin upsets the philosophers. Zeno's unresolved riddles. Plato's needy young friend. Inexhaustible exhaustion. The useful conics. Archimedes, aristocrat, greatest scientist of antiquity. Legends of his life and personality. His discoveries and claim to modernity. A sturdy Roman. Defeat of Archimedes and triumph of Rome.3. GENTLEMAN, SOLDIER, AND MATHEMATICIANDescartes (1596-1650)The good old days. A child philosopher but no prig. Inestimable advantages of lying in bed. Invigorating doubts. Peace in war. Converted by a nightmare. Revelation of analytic geometry. More butchering. Circuses, professional jealousy, swashbuckling, accommodating lady friends. Distaste for hell-fire and respect for the Church. Saved by a brace of cardinals. A Pope brains himself. Twenty years a recluse. The Method. Betrayed by fame. Doting Elisabeth. What Descartes really thought of her. Conceited Christine. What she did to Descartes. Creative simplicity of Ms geometry.4. THE PRINCE OF AMATEURSFermat (1601-1665)Greatest mathematician of the seventeenth century. Fermat's busy, practical life. Mathematics his hobby. His flick to the calculus. His profound physical principle. Analytic geometry again. Arithmetica and logistica. Fermat's supremacy in arithmetic. An unsolved problem on primes. Why are some theorems "important"? An intelligence test. "Infinite descent." Fermat's unanswered challenge to posterity.5. "GREATNESS AND MISERY OF MAN"Pascal (1625-1662)An infant prodigy buries his talent. At seventeen a great geometer. Pascal's wonderful theorem. Vile health and religious inebriety. The first calculating Frankenstein. Pascal's brilliance in physics. Holy sister Jacqueline, soul-saver. Wine and women? "Get thee to a nunnery.!" Converted on a spree. Literature prostituted to bigotry. The Helen of Geometry. A celestial toothache. What the post-mortem revealed. A gambler makes mathematical history. Scope of the theory of probability. Pascal creates the theory with Fermat. Folly of betting against God or the Devil.6. ON THE SEASHORENewton (1642-1727)Newton's estimate of himself. An uncertified youthful genius. Chaos of his times. On the shoulders of giants. His one attachment. Cambridge days. Young Newton masters futility of suffering fools gladly. The Great Plague a greater blessing. Immortal at twenty four (or less). The calculus. Newton unsurpassed in pure mathematics, supreme in natural philosophy. Gnats, hornets, and exasperation. The Principia. Samuel Pepys and other fussers. The flattest anticlimax in history. Controversy, theology, chronology, alchemy, public office, death.7. MASTER OF ALL TRADESLeibniz (1646-1716)Two superb contributions. A politician's offspring. Genius at fifteen. Seduced by the law. The "universal characteristic." Symbolic reasoning. Sold out to ambition. A master diplomat. Diplomacy being what it is, the diplomatic exploits of the master are left to the historians. Fox into historian, statesman into mathematician. Applied ethics. Existence of God. Optimism. Forty years of futility. Discarded like a dirty rag.8. NATURE OR NURTURE?The Bernoullis (seventeenth-and eighteenth centuries)Eight mathematicians in three generations. Clinical evidence for her. Nº de ref. de la librería ABE_book_new_0671628186

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Descripción SIMON SCHUSTER, United States, 1986. Paperback. Estado de conservación: New. Reissue. 208 x 135 mm. Language: English . Brand New Book. From one of the greatest minds in contemporary mathematics, Professor E.T. Bell, comes a witty, accessible, and fascinating look at the beautiful craft and enthralling history of mathematics. Men of Mathematics provides a rich account of major mathematical milestones, from the geometry of the Greeks through Newton s calculus, and on to the laws of probability, symbolic logic, and the fourth dimension. Bell breaks down this majestic history of ideas into a series of engrossing biographies of the great mathematicians who made progress possible and who also led intriguing, complicated, and often surprisingly entertaining lives. Never pedantic or dense, Bell writes with clarity and simplicity to distill great mathematical concepts into their most understandable forms for the curious everyday reader. Anyone with an interest in math may learn from these rich lessons, an advanced degree or extensive research is never necessary. Nº de ref. de la librería ABZ9780671628185

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