Journey through genius: the great theorems of mathematics

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Penguin Books, Aug 1, 1991 - Mathematics - 300 pages
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A rare combination of the historical, biographical, and mathematicalgenius, this book is a fascinating introduction to a neglected field of human creativity. Dunham places mathematical theorem, along with masterpieces of art, music, and literature and gives them the attention they deserve.

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Review: Journey through Genius: The Great Theorems of Mathematics

User Review  - Alyssa - Goodreads

Bad habits die hard, so let's start with a quotation, shall we? Make it a double one, since in the book, it originally is a quotation already. (And, like I said, bad habits die hard, so this is ... Read full review

Review: Journey through Genius: The Great Theorems of Mathematics

User Review  - Bob Woodley - Goodreads

This book is a history of math, via the great theorems of math. So much fun. Readable anecdotes about the lives of the great mathematicians interspersed with lucid explanation of their greatest proofs ... Read full review


Hippocrates Quadrature of the Lune ca 440 b c
Euclids Proof of the Pythagorean Theorem ca 300 b c
Euclid and the Infinitude of Primes ca 300 B c

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About the author WILLIAM DUNHAM is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Pittsburgh. After receiving his PhD from the Ohio State University in 1974, he joined the mathematics faculty at Hanover College in Indiana. He has directed a summer seminar funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities on the topic of "The Great Theorems of Mathematics in Historical Context.

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