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A Strange Wilderness: The Lives of the Great Mathematicians

A Strange Wilderness: The Lives of the Great Mathematicians

Author Amir D. Aczel
Publisher Sterling
Publication Date 2011-10-04
Section New Hardcover - Nonfiction / Mathematics
Type New
Format Hardcover
ISBN 9781402785849

"Mathematics is not a careful march down a well-cleared highway, but a journey into a strange wilderness, where the explorers often get lost.” —mathematics historian W.S. Anglin

From Archimedes' eureka moment to Alexander Grothendieck's seclusion in the Pyrenees, bestselling author Amir Aczel selects the most compelling stories in the history of mathematics, creating a colorful narrative that explores the quirky personalities behind some of the most groundbreaking, enduring theorems.

This is not your dry “college textbook” account of mathematical history; it bristles with tales of duels, battlefield heroism, flamboyant arrogance, pranks, secret societies, imprisonment, feuds, theft, and some very costly errors of judgment. (Clearly, genius doesn't guarantee street smarts.) Ultimately, readers will come away entertained, and with a newfound appreciation of the tenacity, complexity, eccentricity, and brilliance of the mathematical genius.

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