Men of mathematics, Volume 2Here is the classic, muchread introduction to the craft and history of mathematics by E.T. Bell, a leading figure in mathematics in America for half a century. Men of Mathematics accessibly explains the major mathematics, from the geometry of the Greeks through Newton's calculus and on to the laws of probability, symbolic logic, and the fourth dimension. In addition, the book goes beyond pure mathematics to present a series of engrossing biographies of the great mathematicians  an extraordinary number of whom lived bizarre or unusual lives. Finally, Men of Mathematics is also a history of ideas, tracing the majestic development of mathematical thought from ancient times to the twentieth century. This enduring work's clear, often humorous way of dealing with complex ideas makes it an ideal book for the nonmathematician. 
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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 
GENTLEMAN SOLDIER AND MATHEMATICIAN  35 
Copyright  
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