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Men of Mathematics (Touchstone Books (Paperback)) Paperback – 1 Jan 1986
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Men of Mathematics Here is the classic, much-read introduction to the craft and history of mathematics by E.T. Bell, a leading figure in mathematics in America for half a century. "Men of Mathematics" accessibly explains the major mathematics, from the geometry of the Greeks through Newton's calculus and on to the laws of probability, symbolic logic, and the fourth dimension. In addition, the book goes beyond pure m... Full description
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The modern reader may find some of the donnish humour a little old-fashioned, and occasionally remarks about religious beliefs jar, but the book remains well worth reading.
At times the exposition of mathematical ideas is slightly too compressed for the lay reader to gain more than a flavour of what is involved. In my Touchstone edition (published by Simon and Schuster) the print quality makes some mathematical expressions difficult to decipher, especially where superscripts or subscripts appear. But, given the biographical focus of the book, these are minor drawbacks.
It doesn't only describe the life of these geniuses in much detail, but also lists and explains
the most important idea(s) of them.
The one thing it does not is to include female mathematicians like
Hypathia of Alexandria, Maria Agnesi, Sophie Germain,
Ada Lovelace, Sofia Kovaleskaya, Emmy Noether, et. al.
Written in 1937 so also very out of date, but it is packed full of facts about the mathematicians who came before then. A good read but I'm still searching for a great History Of Maths book.
A mandatory book, to be included in your library if you are interested in mathematics, even if you disagree with Bell's choices.
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