## HilbertNow in new trade paper editions, these classic biographies of two of the greatest 20th Century mathematicians are being released under the Copernicus imprint. These noteworthy accounts of the lives of David Hilbert and Richard Courant are closely related: Courant's story is, in many ways, seen as the sequel to the story of Hilbert. Originally published to great acclaim, both books explore the dramatic scientific history expressed in the lives of these two great scientists and described in the lively, nontechnical writing style of Contance Reid. |

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### Contents

Youth I | 1 |

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 |

Space Time and Number | 111 |

Friends and Students I 17 | 117 |

Physics | 125 |

War | 137 |

The Foundations of Mathematics | 148 |

The New Order | 158 |

The Infinite | 168 |

Borrowed Time | 178 |

Problems | 65 |

The Future of Mathematics | 74 |

The New Century | 84 |

Second Youth | 91 |

The Passionate Scientific Life | 102 |

Logic and the Understanding of Nature | 190 |

Exodus | 198 |

Age | 206 |

The Last Word | 216 |

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