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Of Men and Numbers: The Story of the Great Mathematicians

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Publisher Comments:

While mathematics itself may be a formidable subject for many, the lives and accomplishments of history's greatest mathematicians — from Pythagoras to Cantor — offer fascinating reading.

In this delightful and informative recounting, for example, we learn how Pascal's life was abruptly changed by a family of fanatical bonesetters, how Descartes was influenced by three dreams, and how the scholarly Swiss Leonhard Euler (whose famous conjecture was finally disproved in 1959, after 177 years) almost ended up in the Russian navy.

Here, too, are Cardano, the gambler who becomes the 16th century's most fashionable doctor; Archimedes, Newton, and Gauss, often considered the three greatest mathematicians of all times; Lobatchevsky, the inventor of non-Euclidean geometry; and the tragic Galois, a founder of modern higher algebra.

In addition to a wealth of interesting and informative anecdotes, presented in a delightfully conversational style, the author offers lucid, accessible explanations of these thinkers' invaluable contributions to the edifice of modern mathematical thought and to man's understanding of himself and his universe.

Synopsis:

Fascinating accounts of the lives and accomplishments of history's greatest mathematical minds, plus charming anecdotes about Descartes, Euler, Pascal, and many others. 30 diagrams.

Synopsis:

Fascinating accounts of the lives and accomplishments of history's greatest mathematical minds, from Pythagoras to Georg Cantor. Muir also provides charming anecdotes about Descartes, Euler, Pascal, and many others, as well as accessible discussions of their contributions to mathematical thought. 30 diagrams. Bibliography.

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Includes bibliographical references (p. 241-242) and index.

Table of Contents

"Pythagoras, Euclid, and Archimedes"

Cardano

René Descartes

Blaise Pascal

Isaac Newton

Leonhard Euler

Carl Friedrich Gauss

Nicholas Lobatchevsky

Evariste Galois

Georg Cantor

Bibliography

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780486289731
Author:
Muir, Jane
Publisher:
Dover Publications
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
General science
Subject:
Scientists
Subject:
Mathematicians
Subject:
Mathematicians -- Biography.
Subject:
General Science
Subject:
Mathematics - General
Subject:
History
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Dover Books on Mathematics
Series Volume:
number 4
Publication Date:
19960231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.38 in 0.65 pd

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Fascinating accounts of the lives and accomplishments of history's greatest mathematical minds, plus charming anecdotes about Descartes, Euler, Pascal, and many others. 30 diagrams.
"Synopsis" by ,
Fascinating accounts of the lives and accomplishments of history's greatest mathematical minds, from Pythagoras to Georg Cantor. Muir also provides charming anecdotes about Descartes, Euler, Pascal, and many others, as well as accessible discussions of their contributions to mathematical thought. 30 diagrams. Bibliography.
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