Springer Science & Business Media, Apr 19, 1996 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 272 pages
David 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 co-authored 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 twentieth-century 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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