Men of Mathematics

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Simon and Schuster, Oct 15, 1986 - Biography & Autobiography - 590 pages
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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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User Review  - Manny Tingplants - Goodreads

Biographical and historical information on most of the prime contributors to mathematics. Arranged roughly chronologically (some lives and careers overlap). I only read Volume I, spanning from Ancient ... Read full review

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User Review  - Dingus MacDangus - Goodreads

Biographical and historical information on most of the prime contributors to mathematics. Arranged roughly chronologically (some lives and careers overlap). I only read Volume I, spanning from Ancient ... Read full review

Contents

INTRODUCTION
3
MODERN MINDS IN ANCIENT BODIES
19
S GENTLEMAN SOLDIER AND MATHEMATICIAN
35
THE PRINCE OF AMATEURS
56
GREATNESS AND MISERY OF MAN
73
ON THE SEASHORE
90
MASTER OF ALL TRADES
117
The Bernoullis seventeenthand eighteenth centuries
131
GENIUS AND POVERTY
307
THE GREAT ALGORIST
327
AN IRISH TRAGEDY 340
340
GENIUS AND STUPIDITY
362
INVARIANT TWINS
378
MASTER AND PUPIL 406
406
3 COMPLETE INDEPENDENCE 433
433
THE MAN NOT THE METHOD 448
448

ANALYSIS INCARNATE
139
A LOFTY PYRAMID
153
FROM PEASANT TO SNOB
172
FRIENDS OF AN EMPEROR
183
THE DAY OF GLORY
206
THE PRINCE OF MATHEMATICIANS 218
218
6 MATHEMATICS AND WINDMILLS
270
Converted by a nightmare Revelation of analytic geometry More
294
THE DOUBTER 466
466
ANIMA CANDIDA 484
484
ARITHMETIC THE SECOND 510
510
THE LAST UNIVERSALIST 526
526
PARADISE LOST? 655
555
INDEX 581
581
Copyright

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About the author (1986)

Eric Temple Bell was born in 1883 in Aberdeen, Scotland. His early education was obtained in England. Coming to the United States in 1902, he entered Stanford University and took his A.B. degree in 1904. In 1908 he was teaching fellow at the University of Washington, where he took his A.M. degree in 1909. In 1911 he entered Columbia University, where he took his Ph.D. degree in 1912. He returned to the University of Washington as instructor in mathematics and became full professor in 1921. During the summers of 1924-28 he taught at the University of Chicago, and in 1926 (first half) at Harvard University, when he was appointed Professor of Mathematics at the California Institute of Technology.

Dr. Bell was a former President of the Mathematical Association of America, a former Vice President of the American Mathematical Society and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He was on the editorial staffs of the Transactions of the American Mathematical Society, the American Journal of Mathematics, and the Journal of the Philosophy of Science. He belonged to The American Mathematical Society, the Mathematical Association of America, the Circolo Matematico di Palermo, the Calcutta Mathematical Society, Sigma Xi, and Phi Beta Kappa, and was a member of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States. He won the Bôcher Prize of the American Mathematical Society for his research work. His twelve published books include The Purple Sapphire (1924), Algebraic Arithmetic (1927), Debunking Science, and Queen of the Sciences (1931), Numerology (1933), and The Search for Truth (1934).

Dr. Bell died in December 1960, just before the publication of his latest book, The Last Problem.

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