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Remarkable Mathematicians
From Euler to von Neumann

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  • Date Published: February 2003
  • availability: Temporarily unavailable - available from TBC
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521520942

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  • Ioan James introduces and profiles sixty mathematicians from the era when mathematics was freed from its classical origins to develop into its modern form. The subjects, all born between 1700 and 1910, come from a wide range of countries, and all made important contributions to mathematics, through their ideas, their teaching, and their influence. James emphasizes their varied life stories, not the details of their mathematical achievements. The book is organized chronologically into ten chapters, each of which contains biographical sketches of six mathematicians. The men and women James has chosen to portray are representative of the history of mathematics, such that their stories, when read in sequence, convey in human terms something of the way in which mathematics developed. Ioan James is a professor at the Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford. He is the author of Topological Topics (Cambridge, 1983), Fibrewise Topology (Cambridge, 1989), Introduction to Uniform Spaces (Cambridge, 1990), Topological and Uniform Spaces (Springer-Verlag New York, 1999), and co-author with Michael C. Crabb of Fibrewise Homotopy Theory (Springer-Verlag New York, 1998). James is the former editor of the London Mathematical Society Lecture Note Series and volume editor of numerous books. He is the organizer of the Oxford Series of Topology symposia and other conferences, and co-chairman of the Task Force for Mathematical Sciences of Campaign for Oxford.

    • Unique collection of profiles chosen to convey historical development of a golden age of mathematics
    • No equations and can be read as human interest, history or philosophy
    • Every portrayal is accompanied by a portrait
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    "For those who plan to teach mathematics, some of these stories would make interesting asides in lectures of any level...Remarkable Mathematicians highlights the importance of personality and human interaction on the development of mathematical theory from the early 18th century to the early 20th century." Math Horizons

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    • Date Published: February 2003
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521520942
    • length: 448 pages
    • copublisher: The Mathematical Association of America
    • dimensions: 229 x 153 x 25 mm
    • weight: 0.65kg
    • availability: Temporarily unavailable - available from TBC
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    1. From Euler to Legendre
    2. From Fourier to Cauchy
    3. From Abel to Grassmann
    4. From Kummer to Cayley
    5. From Hermite to Lie
    6. From Cantor to Hilbert
    7. From Moore to Takagi
    8. From Hardy to Lefschetz
    9. From Birkhoff to Alexander
    10. From Banach to von Neumann
    Epilogue
    Further reading.

  • Author

    Ioan James, University of Oxford
    Ioan James is the former Savilian Professor of Geometry at the University of Oxford. He won both the Junior Berwick and Whitehead Prizes of the London Mathematical Society.

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