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A Strange Wilderness: The Lives of the Great Mathematicians by Amir D. Aczel

A Strange Wilderness: The Lives of the Great Mathematicians by Amir D. Aczel

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A Strange Wilderness:  The Lives of the Great Mathematicians by Amir D. Acze is a 284-page hardcover published in 2011 by Sterling, New York.  The book is in very good condition.

Book Summary

Duels, battlefield heroism, secret societies, theft, imprisonment, and feuds fill the pages of A Strange Wilderness.  As exciting as any action/adventure novel, this is actually the story of incredible individuals and engrossing tales behind the most profound, enduring mathematical theorems.

Archimedes famously ran naked through the streets shouting "Eureka, eureka!" after finding a method for measuring the volume of an irregular-shaped object.  Georg Cantor grappled with mental illness as he explored the highly counter intuitive, bizarre properties of infinite sets and numbers.  Emmy Noether struggled to find employment as he laid the groundwork for modern theoretical physics.  And Alexander Grothendieck taught himself mathematics while interned in Nazi concentration camps, only to disappear into the Pyrenees at the zenith of his career.

In probing the lives of the preeminent mathematicians in history, A Strange Wilderness will leave you entertaioned and enlightened, with a newfound appreciation of the tenacity, complexity, eccentricity, and brilliance of the mathematical genius. 

ISBN:  978-1-4027-8584-9

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