Amir D. Aczel
A Strange Wilderness:
The Lives of the Great Mathematicians
November 3, 2011
7:00 PM ET
Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138
This event is free; no tickets are required.
Harvard Book Store is very pleased to welcome historian of science AMIR D. ACZEL as he discusses his new biographical survey of mathematics, A Strange Wilderness: The Lives of the Great Mathematicians.
From Archimedes' eureka moment to Alexander Grothendieck's seclusion in the Pyrenees, Aczel presents the most compelling stories in the history of mathematics, creating a narrative that explores the quirky personalities behind some of the most groundbreaking, enduring theorems. A Strange Wilderness 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.)
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