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Mathematical Scandalsby Theoni Pappas
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Might a haberdasher have changed Einstein's life? Why was the first woman mathematician murdered? How come there's no Nobel Prize in Mathematics?
Mathematics is principally about numbers, equations, and solutions, all of them precise and timeless. But behind this arcane matter lies the sometimes sordid world of real people, whose rivalries and deceptions are at odds with the mathematician's reputation for clear thinking and scientific detachment. In this highly readable volume of vignettes of mathematical scandals and gossip, Theoni Pappas assembles 29 fascinating stories of intrigue and the bizarre — in short, the human background of the history of mathematics.
Mathematical Scandals appeals to a wide audience. It shows History and math buffs that their interests overlap. It gives math teachers a way to bring their subject to life. And it gives Pappas's devoted fans another dose of the inventiveness and flair they have come to expect from her work.
Mathematics can be a passionate subject, and this text introduces the human sides and foibles of mathematics and mathematicians. Each scandal is introduced by a vignette which, although fictional, follows factual historical accounts.
Behind the arcane realm of mathematical numbers, equations, and solutions lies the sometimes sordid world of real people, whose rivalries and deceptions are at odds with the mathematician's reputation for clear thinking and scientific detachment. In this highly readable volume, Pappas livens up the world of mathematics with 29 fascinating stories about its little-known scandals. 20 photos. 30 illustrations.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 139-142) and index.
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