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5.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant Change!
What a pleasant change, in these celebrity obsessed times, to celebrate a group of people who actually did something remarkable with their lives. And coming from two mathematics professors, Raymond Flood and Robin Wilson, it's a fine example of 'bringing maths to life'. As they point out in the introduction, this isn't a history of mathematics, it's their selection of the...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting,but could lead to a migraine.
Full of facts,but unless you are a mathematican or extremely numerate most of it is difficult to comprehend.This is a book aimed,I suspect,at a quite limited readership.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant Change!, 13 Aug 2012
What a pleasant change, in these celebrity obsessed times, to celebrate a group of people who actually did something remarkable with their lives. And coming from two mathematics professors, Raymond Flood and Robin Wilson, it's a fine example of 'bringing maths to life'. As they point out in the introduction, this isn't a history of mathematics, it's their selection of the great mathematicians, from the ancient Egyptians and Mesopotamians up to the likes of Mandelbrot, Perelman and Wiles. And as you might expect, the maths gets more complex as time goes by, but Flood and Wilson make a good job of putting it across in a simple and understandable way.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting,but could lead to a migraine., 19 May 2014
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Full of facts,but unless you are a mathematican or extremely numerate most of it is difficult to comprehend.This is a book aimed,I suspect,at a quite limited readership.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Valuable Insights into their lives, 15 Mar 2014
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Gives a very good description of the lives of the famous Mathematicians over the years from early times and it is very easy to read, as the account of each one is short and concise and therefore the whole book is a real joy to read.
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3.0 out of 5 stars I actually quite like it, but as others have said, 23 July 2014
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Although I am only about 80% of the way through this, the format of the book is such that it is clear to me that reading the rest of it won't change my opinion. I actually quite like it, but as others have said, it is very superficial. As an example, Newton is covered by 4 to 5 pages on a 7 inch kindle device and his contribution to calculus is just one small paragraph! This is pretty extraordinary for someone regarded by many as the greatest (or one of the greatest) mathematicians of all time. Having said that, I regard the book as a "taster", a good way to get some very basic information about a large number of mathematicians and scientists, many of whom you've probably never heard of even if you have a maths degree. If you find something of interest, then you will need to look elsewhere for a more detailed account.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good read., 10 July 2014
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A very interesting read. Lots of short snippets.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good light reading., 29 Jun 2014
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OK you could argue that this is too light and superficial, but for some light educational reading on the train or plane it is a good read. I am sure that unless you are a student of mathematical history you will learn something. I've taught maths for 30 years and it kept me fascinated.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Leaves you wanting more, 11 Jun 2014
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Good coverage of the subject matter but at the expense of detail. Just when you think you are beginning to understand the importance of any of the mathematicians and their contribution to the knowledge base, you find you're on to 'the next one' and I felt there was a lot more information about to be revealed but it never materialised.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the great mathematicians, 8 Jun 2014
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I chose this because a great many mathematicians were not mentioned in previous writings. Some good references.I would choose this in reminding others.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good summary list, 6 Jun 2014
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Interesting style. Quite enjoyed this summary of contributors to the field. A bit tedious in places but overall would recommend.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Very expansive, but not detailed enough, 13 Mar 2014
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Its rather interesting to have a list of so many mathematicians and try to get an idea of the pace with which mathematics has expanded throughout time. However this book only dedicates a few pages to each mathematicians, downplaying the importance of certain ones. I think this book would have benefited by presenting fewer mathematicians and in more detail.
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