Remarkable Mathematicians: From Euler to von Neumann (Spectrum Series)
Cambridge University Press, 2003-02-06
EAN 9780521520942, ISBN10: 0521520940
448 pages, 22.8 x 15.2 x 2.5 cm
Ioan James introduces and profiles sixty mathematicians from an era which saw mathematics freed from its classical origins to develop into its modern form. The characters, all born between 1700 and 1910, come from a wide range of countries, and all made an important contribution to mathematics, through their ideas, their teaching, their influence, and so on. The book is organised chronologically into ten chapters, each of which contains potted life stories of six mathematicians. The players James has chosen to portray are sufficiently representative that their stories, when read in sequence, convey in human terms something of the way in which mathematics developed.
'... can be recommended to all scientists and teachers of mathematics, the history and philosophy of mathematics, as well as to anyone interested in history of science.' European Mathematical Society