Leonhard Euler and the Bernoullis

Leonhard Euler and the Bernoullis : Mathematicians from Basel

By (author) M. B. W. Tent


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"Leonhard Euler and the Bernoullis is a fascinating tale of the Bernoulli family and Euler's association with them. Successful merchants in the 16th and 17th centuries, the Bernoullis were driven out of Antwerp during the persecution of the Huguenots and settled first in Frankfurt, and then in Basel, where one of the most remarkable mathematical dynasties evolved with Jacob, Johann, and Daniel Bernoulli the most prominent among them. Euler, fortunate to have had Johann Bernoulli as a tutor, quickly rose to prominence in the academies of Berlin and St. Petersburg, and became the most prolific and profound mathematician that ever lived. The story of these remarkable men, their great ambitions and dedication to their science-often against parental authority-is skillfully told by the author. Refreshing fictional dialogue is interspersed throughout into an otherwise accurate historical scenario. The book is intended for the young adult audience of middle school and early high school ages, but surely will also appeal to a general audience, with or without mathematical background." --Walter Gautschi, Purdue University

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  • Hardback | 296 pages
  • 139.7 x 210.82 x 25.4mm | 476.27g
  • 18 Sep 2009
  • Taylor & Francis Inc
  • A K Peters
  • Natick
  • English
  • New.
  • 156881464X
  • 9781568814643
  • 843,129

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Tent grew up in western Massachusetts and graduated from Amherst Regional High School and Mt. Holyoke College. She has a second bachelors degree and a masters degree from University of Alabama at Birmingham. Tent retired from teaching middle school mathematics at the Altamont School in June 2007. She is the author of The Prince of Mathematics: Carl Friedrich Gauss and Emmy Noether: The Mother of Modern Algebra.

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...the story told is interesting, and the author is to be complimented for her efforts to make it as historically accurate as possible. -J. Johnson, CHOICE, June 2010 Tent's attention to detail, both mathematically and historically, is excellent. -Rob Bradley, London Mathematical Society, April 2010 ...an interesting and entertaining biography of Leonhard Euler (1707-1783) and of some of the Bernoullis, aimed at middle and high school students ... the book emphasizes day-to-day life and the relations between the mathematicians, especially the forever-squabbling Bernoullis. -MAA Reviews, November 2009

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