Great Feuds in Mathematics: Ten of the Liveliest Disputes Ever

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John Wiley & Sons, Dec 17, 2010 - Mathematics - 256 pages
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Praise for Hal Hellman

Great Feuds in Mathematics

"Those who think that mathematicians are cold, mechanical proving machines will do well to read Hellman's book on conflicts in mathematics. The main characters are as excitable and touchy as the next man. But Hellman's stories also show how scientific fights bring out sharper formulations and better arguments."
-Professor Dirk van Dalen, Philosophy Department, Utrecht University

Great Feuds in Technology

"There's nothing like a good feud to grab your attention. And when it comes to describing the battle, Hal Hellman is a master."
-New Scientist

Great Feuds in Science

"Unusual insight into the development of science . . . I was excited by this book and enthusiastically recommend it to general as well as scientific audiences."
-American Scientist

"Hellman has assembled a series of entertaining tales . . . many fine examples of heady invective without parallel in our time."
-Nature

Great Feuds in Medicine

"This engaging book documents [the] reactions in ten of the most heated controversies and rivalries in medical history. . . . The disputes detailed are . . . fascinating. . . . It is delicious stuff here."
-The New York Times

"Stimulating."
-Journal of the American Medical Association
  

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Kind of split on this one. For someone who hasn't read the history of these debates, the overviews are good recaps of the highlights with some mathematical language that can be hard to follow for the ... Read full review

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Kind of split on this one. For someone who hasn't read the history of these debates, the overviews are good recaps of the highlights with some mathematical language that can be hard to follow for the ... Read full review

Contents

Title Page
5
Tartaglia versus Cardano
11
Descartes versus Fermat
1650
Newton versus Leibniz
1669
Bernoulli versus Bernoulli
1698
Sylvester versus Huxley
1867
Kronecker versus Cantor
1882
Poincare versus Russell
Hilbert versus Brouwer
AbsolutistsPlatonists versus FallibilistsConstructivists
Epilogue
Bibliography
Borel versus Zermelo
Index
Copyright

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About the author (2010)

HAL HELLMAN is the author of Great Feuds in Science, Great Feuds in Medicine, and Great Feuds in Technology, all from Wiley. He has published articles in the New York Times, Omni, Reader's Digest, Psychology Today, and Geo.

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