Men of MathematicsFrom 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  GoodreadsBiographical 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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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 
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