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Publisher Comments:

These brilliantly told, linked biographies give us the stories of two of the greatest mathematicians of this century. Well received in their original editions, these classic books paint a poignant picture of the history of mathematics during the past century through the lives of these two great friends and colleagues.

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Almost twenty-five years after his death, Richard Courant remains a highly controversial figure. The deep affection he inspired among friends, colleagues and students is still matched by distrust and dislike in much of the mathematical community. He was a man of such contradictions in character and action that one of his colleagues, resorting to an accepted mathematical method of proof, claimed "by contradiction" that he simply did not exist. But exist he did. On April 1, 1933, he was an internationally famous and influential German professor, the director of the first institute in the world devoted entirely to mathematics, a trusted adviser of the education ministry, a successful author and editor, a man surrounded by a mathematical family of gifted students. Eight days later, he was dismissed from his position by the Nazis. Through friends, he obtained a modest position in the United States at a university with no mathematical reputation whatsoever. What followed - the founding and development of one of America's most important centers of applied mathematics, the Courant Institute at New York University - is one of the great success stories of mathematics.

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"...a story of great mathematicians and their achievements, of practical successes and failures, and of human perfidy and generosity...this is one of the still too rare occasions in which mathematicians are shown as frail, flesh-and-blood creatures...a very worthwhile book." -CHOICE

Product Details

ISBN:
9780387946702
Author:
Reid, Constance
Publisher:
Copernicus Books
Location:
New York, NY
Subject:
General
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
Scientists
Subject:
Mathematicians
Subject:
Courant, Richard
Subject:
Mathematicians -- United States -- Biography.
Subject:
Scientists - General
Subject:
General Mathematics
Subject:
Courant
Subject:
History of Mathematics
Subject:
Richard Courant
Subject:
Mathematics - General
Subject:
Biography-Scientists
Subject:
Mathematics
Subject:
The Arts
Subject:
mathematics and statistics
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Book
Series Volume:
104-96
Publication Date:
19960419
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
345
Dimensions:
235 x 155 mm 1080 gr

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Product details 345 pages Copernicus Books - English 9780387946702 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Almost twenty-five years after his death, Richard Courant remains a highly controversial figure. The deep affection he inspired among friends, colleagues and students is still matched by distrust and dislike in much of the mathematical community. He was a man of such contradictions in character and action that one of his colleagues, resorting to an accepted mathematical method of proof, claimed "by contradiction" that he simply did not exist. But exist he did. On April 1, 1933, he was an internationally famous and influential German professor, the director of the first institute in the world devoted entirely to mathematics, a trusted adviser of the education ministry, a successful author and editor, a man surrounded by a mathematical family of gifted students. Eight days later, he was dismissed from his position by the Nazis. Through friends, he obtained a modest position in the United States at a university with no mathematical reputation whatsoever. What followed - the founding and development of one of America's most important centers of applied mathematics, the Courant Institute at New York University - is one of the great success stories of mathematics.
"Synopsis" by , "...a story of great mathematicians and their achievements, of practical successes and failures, and of human perfidy and generosity...this is one of the still too rare occasions in which mathematicians are shown as frail, flesh-and-blood creatures...a very worthwhile book." -CHOICE
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