The Honors Class: Hilbert's Problems and Their Solvers

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Taylor & Francis, Dec 12, 2001 - Mathematics - 506 pages
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This eminently readable book focuses on the people of mathematics and draws the reader into their fascinating world. In a monumental address, given to the International Congress of Mathematicians in Paris in 1900, David Hilbert, perhaps the most respected mathematician of his time, developed a blueprint for mathematical research in the new century. Jokingly called a natural introduction to thesis writing with examples, this collection of problems has indeed become a guiding inspiration to many mathematicians, and those who succeeded in solving or advancing their solutions form an Honors Class among research mathematicians of this century. In a remarkable labor of love and with the support of many of the major players in the field, Ben Yandell has written a fascinating account of the achievements of this Honors Class, covering mathematical substance and biographical aspects.

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In 1900, David Hilbert gave an address to the International Congress of Mathematicians that outlined the twenty three most important unsolved problems of mathematics, as he saw them. In "The Honors ... Read full review

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I had to re-purchase this book cos David Altman stole my copy! Really fascinating stuff... this is probably my favorite pop-math book of all time. The problem with most books of this sort is that they're either too superficial or too detailed. This one gets it just right. Read full review

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