Of Men and Numbers: The Story of the Great Mathematicians
Fascinating accounts of the lives and accomplishments of history's greatest mathematical minds, from Pythagoras to Georg Cantor. Muir also provides charming anecdotes about Descartes, Euler, Pascal, and many others, as well as accessible discussions of their contributions to mathematical thought. 30 diagrams. Bibliography.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - LibraryThing
1191. Of Men and Numbers, by Jane Muir (22 Oct 1972) This is collection of the lives 12 great mathematicians and I found it absorbing though I never took a math course after high school. The 12: Pythagorus, Euclid, Archimedes, Girolamo Cardano ((1501-1576) (gave first clear picture of negative numbers, first recognized existence of negative roots, and made the first note of imaginary numbers); Descartes; Pascal; Isaac Newton; Leon hard Eisler, Carl Friedrich Gauss (1770-1855) (one of the greatest mathematicians), Nicholas Lobatchevsky (1793-1856), Evaristo Galois, Georg Cantor (1845-1918) I enjoyed this book a lot and if you don't recognize any name your friendly encyclopedia (Google) will enlighten you, I'm sure.
Review: Of Men and Numbers: The Story of the Great MathematiciansUser Review - Goodreads
Fascinating stories of the greatest men of mathematics. The author rants a bit at times (especially at anything religious - she is puzzled out Pascal could have been so brilliant and yet so devoted to religion, of course, Pascal was far more brilliant than she is...)
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