• Birth of a Theorem: A Mathematical Adventure

    Birth of a Theorem: A Mathematical Adventure (Hardback) By (author) Cédric Villani, Translated by Professor Malcolm Debevoise

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    DescriptionAn intimate look inside a mathematician's mind as he wrestles with the theorem that will make his reputation Cedric Villani is a rock-star mathematician. An intellect of unusual depth and breadth, he is the director of France's greatest mathematics research institute. In 2010 he received the Fields Medal, the most coveted prize in mathematics, for his proofs resolving one of the most controversial theories of classical physics. "Birth of a""Theorem "is his own account of the year leading up to the award. It invites readers inside the mind of a genius 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, e-mails, and musings enmesh you in the process of discovery. You join him in unproductive lulls and late-night breakthroughs. You're privy to the mess-hall conversations of the world's greatest research institutions. Villani discusses his favorite songs, his love of manga, and the imaginative stories he tells his children. Mathematics is like any other creative work in that the thinker's whole life propels discovery--and with "Birth of a""Theorem," Villani welcomes you into his.


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    Title
    Birth of a Theorem
    Subtitle
    A Mathematical Adventure
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Cédric Villani, Translated by Professor Malcolm Debevoise
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 288
    Width: 140 mm
    Height: 210 mm
    Weight: 454 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780865477674
    ISBN 10: 0865477671
    Classifications

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: BIO
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.6
    B&T General Subject: 170
    Ingram Subject Code: BA
    Libri: I-BA
    BIC subject category V2: TBX, PBX, BGT
    DC22: 510.92
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 16220
    BISAC V2.8: BIO015000, MAT015000
    LC subject heading: , ,
    Thema V1.0: PBX, PBB, DNBT
    LC classification: QA29.V54 A3 2015
    Publisher
    FABER & FABER
    Imprint name
    FABER & FABER
    Publication date
    14 April 2015
    Author Information
    Cedric Villani is a French mathematician working primarily on partial differential equations and mathematical physics. He is a professor at Lyon University and the director of the Institut Henri Poincare. He has been the recipient of the Jacques Herbrand Prize, the Prize of the European Mathematical Society, the Fermat Prize, and the Henri Poincare Prize. In 2010 he was award the Fields Medal for his work on Landau damping and the Botlzmann equation. Malcolm DeBevoise was educated at Amherst College and Johns Hopkins University. He has translated more than thirty works from the French and Italian in every branch of scholarship.
    Review quote
    "This is a book of a new genre." --Yann Moix, "Le Figaro ""Cedric Villani proves to us how a mathematical genius . . . is a man like any other." --Sylvestre Huet, " Liberation"