The Genius of Euler: Reflections on His Life and Work

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William Dunham
MAA, 2007 - Mathematics - 309 pages
Celebrating the 300th birthday of Leonhard Euler (1707-1783), one of the brightest stars in the mathematical firmament, this book stands as a testimonial to a mathematician of unsurpassed insight, industry, and ingenuity. The collected articles, aimed at a mathematically literate audience, address aspects of Euler's life and work, from the biographical to the historical to the mathematical. The oldest of these was written in 1872, and the most recent dates to 2006. Some of the papers focus on Euler and his world, others describe a specific Eulerian achievement, and still others survey a branch of mathematics to which Euler contributed significantly. Among the 34 contributors are some of the most illustrious mathematicians and mathematics historians of the past century, e.g. Florian Cajori, Carl Boyer, George Pólya, Andre Weil, and Paul Erdös. And there are a few poems and a mnemonic just for fun.

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About the author (2007)

William Dunham, who received his BS (1969) from the University of Pittsburgh and his MS (1970) and PhD (1974) from The Ohio State University, is the Truman Koehler Professor of Mathematics at Muhlenberg College. he is the author of four books on mathematics and its history: Journey through Genius: The Great Theorems of Mathematics (Wiley, 1990), The Mathematical Universe (Wiley, 1994), Euler: The Master of Us All (MAA, 1999), and The Calculus Gallery: Masterpieces from Newton to Lebesgue (Princeton University Press, 2005). In addition, he has contributed articles to various publications, and his writing has been recognized by the MAA with its George Pólya Award (1992), Trevor Evans Award (1997), and Lester R. Ford Award (2006).

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