Tales of Mathematicians and Physicists

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Springer Science & Business Media, Apr 26, 2007 - Mathematics - 388 pages
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This revised and greatly expanded second edition of the Russian text contains a wealth of new information about the lives and accomplishments of more than a dozen scientists throughout five centuries of history: from the first steps in algebra up to new achievements in geometry in connection with physics. The heroes of the book are renowned figures from early eras, as well some scientists of last century. A unique mixture of mathematics, physics, and history, this volume provides biographical glimpses of scientists and their contributions in the context of the social and political background of their times.

 

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Contents

Ars Magna The Great Art
1
Two Tales of Galileo
27
Christiaan Huygens and Pendulum Clocks
79
Secrets of the Cycloid
93
Blaise Pascal
128
The Beginnings of Higher Geometry
151
Leonhard Euler
171
Joseph Louis Lagrange
213
PierreSimon Laplace
247
Prince of Mathematicians
263
Felix Klein
310
The Magic World of Henri Poincaré
323
The Enigma of Ramanujan
337
On the Advantages of Coordinates and the Art of Chaining Hyperboloids
348
The Complex World of Roger Penrose
369
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