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21. The Mind of the Mathematician by Michael Fitzgerald, Ioan James | |
Hardcover: 196
Pages
(2007-05-18)
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Editorial Review Product Description What makes mathematicians tick? How do their minds process formulas and concepts that, for most of the rest of the world's population, remain mysterious and beyond comprehension? Is there a connection between mathematical creativity and mental illness? In The Mind of the Mathematician, internationally famous mathematician Ioan James and accomplished psychiatrist Michael Fitzgerald look at the complex world of mathematics and the mind. Together they explore the behavior and personality traits that tend to fit the profile of a mathematician. They discuss mathematics and the arts, savants, gender and mathematical ability, and the impact of autism, personality disorders, and mood disorders. These topics, together with a succinct analysis of some of the great mathematical personalities of the past three centuries, combine to form an eclectic and fascinating blend of story and scientific inquiry. |
22. Mathematicians of the World, Unite!: The International Congress of Mathematicians: A Human Endeavor by Guillermo Curbera | |
Hardcover: 240
Pages
(2009-03-26)
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23. Tales of Mathematicians and Physicists (Volume 0) by Simon Gindikin | |
Paperback: 388
Pages
(2006-11-17)
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Editorial Review Product Description This revised and greatly expanded second edition of the Russian text Tales of Mathematicians and Physicists contains a wealth of new information about the lives and accomplishments of more than a dozen scientists throughout five centuries of history: from the first steps in algebra up to new achievements in geometry in connection with physics. The heroes of the book are renowned figures from early eras, such as Cardano, Galileo, Huygens, Leibniz, Pascal, Euler, Lagrange, and Laplace, as well some scientists of last century: Klein, Poincaré, and Ramanujan. A unique mixture of mathematics, physics, and history, this volume provides biographical glimpses of scientists and their contributions in the context of the social and political background of their times. The author examines many original sources, from the scientists’ research papers to their personal documents and letters to friends and family; furthermore, detailed mathematical arguments and diagrams are supplied to help explain some of the most significant discoveries in calculus, celestial mechanics, number theory, and mathematical physics. What emerges are intriguing, multifaceted studies of a number of remarkable intellectuals and their scientific legacy. Written by a distinguished mathematician and accessible to readers at all levels, this book is a wonderful resource for both students and teachers and a welcome introduction to the history of science. Customer Reviews (1)
A glimpse into the biographies of some great minds! |
24. A Mathematician's Apology (Canto) by G. H. Hardy | |
Paperback: 153
Pages
(1992-01-31)
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Editorial Review Product Description Hardy was, in his own words, "for a short time the fifth best pure mathematician in the world" and knew full well that "no mathematician should ever allow himself to forget that mathematics, more than any other art or science, is a young man's game." In a long biographical foreword to Apology, C.P. Snow (now best known for The Two Cultures) offers invaluable background and a context for his friend's occasionally brusque tone: "His life remained the life of a brilliant young man until he was old; so did his spirit: his games, his interests, kept the lightness of a young don's. And, like many men who keep a young man's interests into their sixties, his last years were the darker for it." Reading Snow's recollections of Hardy's Cambridge University years only makes Apology more poignant. Hardy was popular, a terrific conversationalist, and a notoriously good cricket player.
When summer came, it was taken for granted that we should meet at the cricket ground.... He used to walk round the cinderpath with a long, loping, clumping-footed stride (he was a slight spare man, physically active even in his late fifties, still playing real tennis), head down, hair, tie, sweaters, papers all flowing, a figure that caught everyone's eyes. "There goes a Greek poet, I'll be bound," once said some cheerful farmer as Hardy passed the score-board. G.H. Hardy's elegant 1940 memoir has provided generations of mathematicians with pithy quotes and examples for their office walls, and plenty of inspiration to either be great or find something else to do. He is a worthy mentor, a man who understood deeply and profoundly the rewards and losses of true devotion. --Therese Littleton Customer Reviews (31)
A Non-Mathematician's Apology
A Mathematician's Apology
INTERESTINGBUT DATED
A Well- Titled Classic
What is mathematical beauty? |
25. The Volterra Chronicles: The Life and Times of an Extraordinary Mathematician 1860-1940 (History of Mathematics) by Judith R. Goodstein | |
Hardcover: 310
Pages
(2007-02-13)
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Volterra di vivero.
Life of a great mathematician
A Master Mathematician
Good Read
The Rise and Fall of Italian Mathematics & Science 1960-1940 |
26. Conversations with a Mathematician:Math, Art, Science and the Limits of Reason by Gregory J. Chaitin | |
Hardcover: 168
Pages
(2001-11-28)
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I love this book
The book is rubbish
Maths limitations, undecidability and randomness: a story |
27. Women Becoming Mathematicians: Creating a Professional Identity in Post-World War II America by Margaret A. M. Murray | |
Paperback: 304
Pages
(2001-10-01)
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No limit to women's success in math
a good book |
28. Mathematicians Fleeing from Nazi Germany: Individual Fates and Global Impact by Reinhard Siegmund-Schultze | |
Paperback: 504
Pages
(2009-07-06)
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Eye-opening
Interesting but pedantic |
29. Famous Mathematicians: Primary Maths Activities by John Davis | |
Paperback: 128
Pages
(2000-05-01)
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30. Notable Mathematicians | |
Hardcover: 640
Pages
(1998-04-24)
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A very good reference book, but not a reading book or textbook |
31. Remarkable Mathematicians: From Euler to von Neumann (The Spectrum Series) by Ioan James | |
Paperback: 448
Pages
(2003-02-17)
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it's just ok
Good book
Very good historical account of lives However, this does not take away from the fact that is is exteremely well researched, laid out and presented. We get a meaningful insight into how these geniuses (genii?) lived and that fact that they were quite ordinary people with the same levels of hardship (and in some cases even more) as the rest of us. Perhaps an improvement could be made on further mathematicians, both past and present. Still recommended reading.
Learn how mathematicians interacted with each other Published in the recreational mathematics e-mail newsletter, reprinted with permission.
Captivating! |
32. Mathematical Apocrypha: Stories and Anecdotes of Mathematicians and the Mathematical (Spectrum) by Steven G. Krantz | |
Paperback: 228
Pages
(2002-07-15)
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"Mathematical Apocrypha" is Full of Interesting and Humorous Anecdotes
Rather colourless The accounts themselves relate to the famous and not-so-famous, but many of them are questionable as to whether they actually deserve to be in this book as they are may times simple accounts of a person's daily life - chronicling the events that happen to many of us on a daily basis. I summary the stories are too brief and there are other (better) factual books on the real lives and histories behind mathematics and mathematicians.
Stories about mathematicians as storytellers Published in Journal of Recreational Mathematics, reprinted with permission. ... Read more |
33. Mathematician and Computer Scientist, Caryn Navy (American Women in Science Biography) by Mary Ellen Verheyden-Hilliard | |
Paperback: 31
Pages
(1988-06)
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Excellent biography for visually impaired students to read! |
34. Amongst Mathematicians: Teaching and Learning Mathematics at University Level (Mathematics Teacher Education) by Elena Nardi | |
Paperback: 341
Pages
(2010-11-02)
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Editorial Review Product Description This book offers a unique perspective on ways in which mathematicians: perceive their students' learning; teach; reflect on their teaching practice. Elena Nardi achieves this by employing two fictional, yet entirely data-grounded, characters to create a conversation on these important issues. The construction of these characters is based on large bodies of data including intense focused group interviews with mathematicians and extensive analyses of students' written work, collected and analyzed over a substantial period. |
35. Out of the Mouths of Mathematicians: A Quotation Book for Philomaths (Spectrum Series of the Mathematical Association of America) by Rosemary Schmalz | |
Paperback: 304
Pages
(1993-10)
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A collection of explanations and inspirations |
36. The Mathematician's Mind by Jacques Hadamard | |
Paperback: 166
Pages
(1996-09-30)
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Editorial Review Product Description The roots of creativity for Hadamard lie not in consciousness, but in the long unconscious work of incubation, and in the unconscious aesthetic selection of ideas that thereby pass into consciousness. His discussion of this process comprises a wide range of topics, including the use of mental images or symbols, visualized or auditory words, "meaningless" words, logic, and intuition. Among the important documents collected is a letter from Albert Einstein analyzing his own mechanism of thought. Customer Reviews (3)
The Psychology of Invention in the Mathematical Field
The Psychology of Math The book is short enough that if the subject interests you, it is worth your time. The text is also published under the title "The Psychology of Invention in the Mathematical Field."
A study of the mental workings of some great mathematicians Most of his respondents were mathematicians (and he limited his correspondence to the best minds in the field), but he did get information from several other fields, and cites data about physicists (a letter from Einstein forms another appendix), chemists, physiologists, metaphysicians, and so on.What he is trying to examine is a slippery subject, perhaps best explained by a quote.Here is a discussion of Sidgwick, an economist: "His reasonings on economic questions were almost always accompanied by images, and the images were often curiously arbitrary and sometimes almost undecipherably symbolic.For example, it took him a long time to discover that an odd symbolic image which accompanied the word 'value' was a faint, partial image of a man putting something on a scale." Hadamard gives his own mental images that accompany his following through the steps of Euclid's famous proof of the infinitude of primes.I won't reproduce that here for space reasons, but the contrast with Sidgwick's--and with other reports of mental activity--is fascinating.Many other examples are given, from Mozart to Polya to Galton to Poincare. Hadamard makes it clear that language and thought are not the same thing, contrary to a commonly expressed view among linguists.He cites Max Muller's comments equating thought and language, and acknowledges that for Muller it may be so, but convincingly demonstrates, by quoting numerous other mathematicians, that it is not true for everyone.The further conclusion, that the process of creative thought, while following similar patterns in similar discipline, can vary dramatically, is as far as Hadamard can go with the data he has. One other note: this book was originally titled "The Psychology of Invention in the Mathematical Field" and is available under that title from Amazon, published by Dover Books.It's not immediately clear from the Amazon page that this is so.The Dover edition is substantially cheaper. A fascinating and informative book. ... Read more |
37. The Mathematicians by Arthur Feldman | |
Kindle Edition:
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(2010-09-16)
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38. Math and Mathematicians: The History of Math Discoveries Around the World (Volumes A-H and I-Z) by Leonard C. Bruno, Lawrence W. Baker | |
Hardcover: 456
Pages
(1999-07-23)
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nice collection, but there's a mistake in the math |
39. Selected Papers of Theodore S. Motzkin (Contemporary Mathematicians) by D. Cantor | |
Hardcover: 530
Pages
(1983-03)
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40. Collected Works of C. Loewner (Contemporary Mathematicians) | |
Hardcover: 517
Pages
(1988-08-01)
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