Hilbert

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Springer Science & Business Media, May 1, 1996 - Mathematics - 272 pages
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David Hilbert, Director of the Mathematical Institute of G”ttingen during its glory years, is the formulator of the famous Hilbert Problems that set the course of mathematics from 1900 until the present day. In his prime, Hilbert was rivaled in influence only by the great Henri Poincare in Paris. Richard Courant was Hilbert's student and successor as director of the Mathematical Institute until his forcible removal in 1933. He co-authored Methods of Mathematical Physics (1924) with Hilbert, a classic text that seemed almost clairvoyant in its prediction of the mathematical needs of quantum physics. He also founded the Courant Institute at New York University. Poignant, lively and fascinating, these two books present a sweeping history of twentieth-century mathematics as it was expressed through the lives of these two great friends and colleagues. Constance Reid has been called 'the foremost mathematical biographer of our time.' Her many books include From Zero to Infinity, AELong Way from Euclid, The Search for E.T. Bell, and Neyman, from Life.
  

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User Review  - Chris Herdt - Goodreads

I skimmed this. I was looking for the origins of Hilbert's Grand Hotel (which I did not find, but is presumably from a lecture he gave in the 1920s), but it was still an interesting look at the life ... Read full review

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User Review  - Bobbie Wu - Goodreads

Communication and simplification, the two most important elements in math studying, are what I learned from Hilbert. Read full review

Contents

Friends and Teachers
9
Doctor of Philosophy
15
Paris
22
Gordans Problem
28
Changes
39
Only Number Fields
47
Tables Chairs and Beer Mugs
57
Problems
65
Friends and Students
117
Physics
125
War
137
The Foundations of Mathematics
148
The New Order
158
The Infinite
168
Borrowed Time
178
Logic and the Understanding of Nature
190

The Future of Mathematics
74
The New Century
84
Second Youth
91
The Passionate Scientific Life
102
Space Time and Number
111
Exodus
198
Age
206
The Last Word
216
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