Men of Mathematics

Men of Mathematics

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By (author) E. Bell

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  • Publisher: SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Format: Paperback | 590 pages
  • Dimensions: 135mm x 208mm x 41mm | 454g
  • Publication date: 15 October 1986
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0671628186
  • ISBN 13: 9780671628185
  • Edition statement: Reissue
  • Sales rank: 90,345

Product description

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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"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.