HilbertDavid Hilbert, Director of the Mathematical Institute of G”ttingen during its glory years, is the formulator of the famous Hilbert Problems that set the course of mathematics from 1900 until the present day. In his prime, Hilbert was rivaled in influence only by the great Henri Poincare in Paris. Richard Courant was Hilbert's student and successor as director of the Mathematical Institute until his forcible removal in 1933. He coauthored Methods of Mathematical Physics (1924) with Hilbert, a classic text that seemed almost clairvoyant in its prediction of the mathematical needs of quantum physics. He also founded the Courant Institute at New York University. Poignant, lively and fascinating, these two books present a sweeping history of twentiethcentury mathematics as it was expressed through the lives of these two great friends and colleagues. Constance Reid has been called 'the foremost mathematical biographer of our time.' Her many books include From Zero to Infinity, AELong Way from Euclid, The Search for E.T. Bell, and Neyman, from Life. 
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Contents
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 
Problems  65 
Friends and Students  117 
Physics  125 
War  137 
The Foundations of Mathematics  148 
The New Order  158 
The Infinite  168 
Borrowed Time  178 
Logic and the Understanding of Nature  190 
The Future of Mathematics  74 
The New Century  84 
Second Youth  91 
The Passionate Scientific Life  102 
Space Time and Number  111 
Exodus  198 
Age  206 
The Last Word  216 
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