Men of MathematicsFrom one of the greatest minds in contemporary mathematics, Professor E.T. Bell, comes a witty, accessible, and fascinating look at the beautiful craft and enthralling history of mathematics. Men of Mathematics provides a rich account of major mathematical milestones, from the geometry of the Greeks through Newton’s calculus, and on to the laws of probability, symbolic logic, and the fourth dimension. Bell breaks down this majestic history of ideas into a series of engrossing biographies of the great mathematicians who made progress possible—and who also led intriguing, complicated, and often surprisingly entertaining lives. Never pedantic or dense, Bell writes with clarity and simplicity to distill great mathematical concepts into their most understandable forms for the curious everyday reader. Anyone with an interest in math may learn from these rich lessons, an advanced degree or extensive research is never necessary. 
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This is a good book to read if you want to master GRE wordlist. I find about three GRE wordlist entries on each page. It's hard to read for a nonnative reader.
Not a mathematics book. A good way to learn that the great men of mathematics were just as normal or abnormal as you are.
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User Review  Scott Gardner  GoodreadsFascinating, but tough. I first read this in college and revisited about 10 years ago. Read full review
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