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Birth of a Theorem : A Mathematical Adventure

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In 2010, French mathematician Cedric Villani received the Fields Medal, the most coveted prize in mathematics, in recognition of a proof which he devised with his close collaborator Clement Mouhot to explain one of the most surprising theories in classical physics. "Birth of a" "Theorem "is Villani's own account of the years leading up to the award. It invites readers inside the mind of a great mathematician as he wrestles with the most important work of his career. But you don't have to understand nonlinear Landau damping to love "Birth of a" "Theorem." It doesn't simplify or overexplain; rather, it invites readers into collaboration. Villani's diaries, emails, and musings enmesh you in the process of discovery. You join him in unproductive lulls and late-night breakthroughs. You're privy to the dining-hall conversations at the world's greatest research institutions. Villani shares his favorite songs, his love of manga, and the imaginative stories he tells his children. In mathematics, as in any creative work, it is the thinker's whole life that propels discovery--and with "Birth of a" "Theorem," Cedric Villani welcomes you into his."

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  • Hardback | 272 pages
  • 142.24 x 210.82 x 27.94mm | 362.87g
  • 14 Apr 2015
  • Farrar Straus Giroux
  • English
  • 0865477671
  • 9780865477674
  • 259,616

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Cedric Villani is the director of the Institut Henri Poincare in Paris and a professor of mathematics at the Universite de Lyon. His work on partial differential equations and various topics in mathematical physics has been honored by a number of awards, including the Fermat Prize and the Henri Poincare Prize. He received the Fields Medal in 2010 for results concerning Landau damping and the Boltzmann equation. Malcolm DeBevoise's translations, from the French and Italian, including more than thirty works in every branch of scholarship, have been widely praised. He lives in New Orleans."

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"Birth of a Theorem" is a remarkable book and I urge everyone to buy it.--Alexander Masters "The Spectator "

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