Of Men and Numbers: The Story of the Great Mathematicians

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Courier Dover Publications, 1961 - Biography & Autobiography - 249 pages
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While mathematics itself may be a formidable subject for many, the lives and accomplishments of history's greatest mathematicians from Pythagoras to Cantor offer fascinating reading.
In this delightful and informative recounting, for example, we learn how Pascal's life was abruptly changed by a family of fanatical bonesetters, how Descartes was influenced by three dreams, and how the scholarly Swiss Leonhard Euler (whose famous conjecture was finally disproved in 1959, after 177 years) almost ended up in the Russian navy.
Here, too, are Cardano, the gambler who becomes the 16th century's most fashionable doctor; Archimedes, Newton, and Gauss, often considered the three greatest mathematicians of all times; Lobatchevsky, the inventor of non-Euclidean geometry; and the tragic Galois, a founder of modern higher algebra.
In addition to a wealth of interesting and informative anecdotes, presented in a delightfully conversational style, the author offers lucid, accessible explanations of these thinkers' invaluable contributions to the edifice of modern mathematical thought and to man's understanding of himself and his universe.

  

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User Review  - Schmerguls - 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 ... Read full review

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User Review  - Bernard Vallandingham - 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...) Read full review

Contents

b c ?507 b c ? Euclid c 300 b c
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Cardano 15011576
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Rene Descartes 15961650
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Blaise Pascal 16231662
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Isaac Newton 16421727
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Leonhard Euler 17071783
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Carl Friedrich Gauss 17771855
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Nicholas Lobatchevsky 17931856
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Evariste Galois 18111832
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Georg Cantor 18451918
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Bibliography
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