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1. Mathematics and Logic by Mark Kac, Stanislaw M. Ulam | |
Paperback: 192
Pages
(1992-05-01)
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Excellent overview by two outstanding mathematicians I found the historical and philosophical remarks very valuable, coming from authorities like these two men. Examples (slightly edited by me): The great analysts of the 18th and 19th centuries (e.g., Newton, Leibniz, Bernoulli, Euler, Lagrange ...) had an almost unerring instinct for presenting valid results and plausible proofs without a firm basis in formal systems and without strict adherence to standards of logical rigor... Mathematical intuition in the hands of people of genius has such a clarity and unity that it anticipates special formalisms. Mathematics is a science; it is also an art. The criteria of judgment in mathematics are always aesthetic, at least in part... One looks for `usefulness,' for `interest,' and also for `beauty.' Beauty is subjective, yet it is surprising that there is usually considerable agreement among mathematicians concerning aesthetic values. It is a distinctive feature of mathematics that it can operate effectively and efficiently without defining its objects. Points, straight lines and planes are not defined... One need not know what things are so long as one knows what statements about them one is allowed to make [the axioms]... Other statements involving these undefined words can then be deduced by logic alone. This permits geometry to be taught to a blind man and even to a computer!
A Classic of Popular Mathematics
Important and Useful but not Engaging The book requires somewhat serious mathematical thinking. A great strength of the book is the diverse mathematical concepts that it presents: homology groups, group theory, Turing machines, undecidability, Monte Carlo method.In a compact book, you learn a little about some important ideas in advanced mathematics. Important!! This book is not written to popularize its subject matter, so it is different and definitely less entertaining than most popular science books.
why math is interesting, written for laypeople Easy and lively reading, written for everyone.
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2. Adventures of a mathematician by Stanislaw M Ulam | |
Hardcover: 317
Pages
(1976)
Isbn: 0684143917 Average Customer Review: Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France | Japan | |
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Great autobiography remembered years later
Wonderful Book
Confessions of a math fashion-victim
math autobiography and atomic bomb history
An examined life Stan Ulam was head of the math department at U. of Colo., Boulder, where I was a doctoral candidate circa 1970.I hardly knew him to speak to, but heard about his participation in the Manhattan Project, and that many of those connected with it considered him to be the "father of the H-bomb" rather than Edward Teller.Having already been put off by the dryness and lack of application of a great deal of the math I'd studied, I was intrigued on hearing that a pure mathematician could have played such a central part in that effort.That, and the book's title, convinced me to buy it, even though I was an impoverished grad student. There are many reasons why I love this story, but I think foremost is the picture of a gregarious, open, and sometimes mischievous man who was also bright enough to hold his own with the leading scientific minds of the 20th century.The sketches of the many famous people he worked with are priceless -- for example, Enrico Fermi, Richard Feynman, George Gamov.And especially John von Neumann, possibly the most brilliant mathematician of that time, certainly the most diverse and prolific (he practically invented the computer industry that I now work in).Having tried to read his work on game theory, it's especially comforting to me to hear Ulam refer to him as "Johnny". My struggles with some of the math mentioned in the book give it special meaning to me, but this is not a technical book at all, and I hope that aspect won't be off-putting to non-mathematicians.Ulam was simply trying to give an honest picture, through the lens of his own experiences and friendships, of how people become mathematicians, of how essential group efforts are to progress in science and math, and of the staggering accomplishments that can result when people push the limits of thought.This book is about history and humankind, by one of the brightest and most thoughtful individuals who ever lived. ... Read more |
3. Stanislaw Ulam: sets, numbers, and universes;: Selected works (Mathematicians of our time) by Stanislaw M Ulam | |
Hardcover: 709
Pages
(1974)
Isbn: 0262021080 Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France | Japan | |
4. From Cardinals to Chaos: Reflection on the Life and Legacy of Stanislaw Ulam | |
Paperback: 320
Pages
(1989-02-24)
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5. Problems in Modern Mathematics (Phoenix Edition) by Stanislaw M. Ulam | |
Hardcover: 176
Pages
(2004-06-23)
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Editorial Review Product Description Ulam, famous for his solution to the difficulties of initiating fusion in the hydrogen bomb, devised the well-known Monte-Carlo method. Here he presents challenges in the areas of set theory, algebra, metric and topological spaces, and topological groups. Issues in analysis, physical systems, and the use of computers as a heuristic aid are also addressed. Customer Reviews (1)
A rare but very good math book |
6. A collection of mathematical problems (Interscience tracts in pure and applied mathematics) by Stanislaw M Ulam | |
Hardcover: 150
Pages
(1960)
Asin: B0006AWH64 Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France | Japan | |
7. Mathematics and Logic Retrospect and Prospects by Mark and Ulam, Stanislaw M. Kac | |
Paperback:
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(1969)
Asin: B0033N7324 Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France | Japan | |
8. Cellular Automatists: Richard Feynman, John Von Neumann, Martin Gardner, John Horton Conway, Stephen Wolfram, Stanislaw Ulam, Edgar F. Codd | |
Paperback: 212
Pages
(2010-09-14)
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9. Galician Jews: Stanislaw Ulam, Roald Hoffmann, Billy Wilder, Shmuel Yosef Agnon, Karl Radek, Hugo Steinhaus, Melanie Klein | |
Paperback: 754
Pages
(2010-09-15)
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10. University of Wisconsin-madison Faculty: Stephen Cole Kleene, Eugene Wigner, Harrison Schmitt, Stanislaw Ulam, Henry Barnard, Harry Harlow | |
Paperback: 982
Pages
(2010-09-15)
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11. People From Lviv: Stanis?aw Lem, Leopold Von Sacher-Masoch, Stefan Banach, Stanislaw Ulam, Wojciech Kilar, Andrzej ?u?awski, Karl Radek | |
Paperback: 750
Pages
(2010-05-20)
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12. Polish Mathematicians of Jewish Descent: Stanislaw Ulam, Kazimierz Kuratowski, Benoît Mandelbrot, Alfred Tarski, Hugo Steinhaus, Vilna Gaon | |
Paperback: 88
Pages
(2010-09-14)
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13. University of Florida Faculty: Stanislaw Ulam, Charles W. Morris, Howard T. Odum, Michael Hofmann, Albert Wass, Gene Nichol | |
Paperback: 600
Pages
(2010-09-15)
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14. Jewish Inventors: Albert Einstein, Richard Feynman, John Von Neumann, Marvin Minsky, Paul Ehrlich, L. L. Zamenhof, Stanislaw Ulam | |
Paperback: 808
Pages
(2010-05-20)
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15. Polish-American Jews: Arthur Miller, Benny Goodman, Jack Ruby, Jerzy Kosinski, Stanislaw Ulam, Michael Bloomberg, Roald Hoffmann, Fred Savage | |
Paperback: 1064
Pages
(2010-09-15)
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16. University of Colorado Faculty: Stanislaw Ulam, George Gamow, Herbert Kroemer, Carl Wieman, Sarvadaman Chowla, Eric Allin Cornell | |
Paperback: 334
Pages
(2010-09-14)
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17. Social Simulation: Complex System, Robert Axelrod, Von Neumann Machine, Stanislaw Ulam, Cellular Automata | |
Paperback: 88
Pages
(2010-03-14)
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18. Monte Carlo Methods: John Von Neumann, Enrico Fermi, Box-muller Transform, Josiah Willard Gibbs, Monte Carlo Method, Stanislaw Ulam | |
Paperback: 296
Pages
(2010-09-15)
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19. Mathematics and logic: retrospect and prospects by Mark & ULAM, Stanislaw M. KAC | |
Paperback:
Pages
(1971)
Asin: B0010QDEME Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France | Japan | |
20. Mathematics and Logic (Penguin education) by Mark Kac and Stanislaw Ulam | |
Paperback: 208
Pages
(1979-08-30)
Isbn: 0140803874 Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France | Japan | |
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