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Title Significant figures : the lives and work of great mathematicians / Ian Stewart.
Author Stewart, Ian, 1945- author.
Publication New York : Basic Books, 2017.
Edition First US edition.
Description 1 online resource (vi, 303 pages) : illustrations, portraits
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Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary A celebrated mathematician traces the history of math through the lives and work of twenty-five pioneering mathematicians In Significant Figures, acclaimed mathematician Ian Stewart introduces the visionaries of mathematics throughout history. Delving into the lives of twenty-five great mathematicians, Stewart examines the roles they played in creating, inventing, and discovering the mathematics we use today. Through these short biographies, we get acquainted with the history of mathematics from Archimedes to Benoit Mandelbrot, and learn about those too often left out of the cannon, such as Muhammad ibn Musa al-Khwarizmi (c. 780-850), the creator of algebra, and Augusta Ada King (1815-1852), Countess of Lovelace, the world's first computer programmer. Tracing the evolution of mathematics over the course of two millennia, Significant Figures will educate and delight aspiring mathematicians and experts alike.
Contents Do not disturb my circles: Archimedes -- Master of the Way: Liu Hui -- Dixit algorismi: Muhammad al-Khwarizmi -- Innovator of the infinite: Madhava of Sangamagrama -- The gambling astrologer: Girolamo Cardano -- The last theorem: Pierre de Fermat -- System of the world: Isaac Newton -- Master of us all: Leonhard Euler -- The heat operator: Joseph Fourier -- Invisible scaffolding: Carl Friedrich Gauss -- Bending the rules: Nikolai Ivanovich Lobachevsky -- Radicals and revolutionaries: Évariste Galois -- Enchantress of a number: Augusta Ada King -- The laws of thought: George Boole -- Musician of the primes: Bernhard Riemann -- Cardinal of the continuum: Georg Cantor -- The first great lady: Sofia Kovalevskaia -- Ideas rose in crowds: Henri Poincaré -- We must know, we shall know: David Hilbert -- Overthrowing academic order: Emmy Noether -- The formula man: Srinivasa Ramanujan -- Incomplete and undecidable: Kurt Gödel -- The machine stops: Alan Turing -- Father of fractals: Benoit Mandelbrot -- Outside in: William Thurston -- Mathematical people.
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Subject Mathematicians -- Biography.
Mathematics -- History.
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY -- Science & Technology.
MATHEMATICS -- Pre-Calculus.
MATHEMATICS -- Reference.
Mathematicians. (OCoLC)fst01012154
Mathematics. (OCoLC)fst01012163
MATHEMATICS / History & Philosophy.
Genre Electronic books.
Biographies. (OCoLC)fst01919896
Biography. (OCoLC)fst01423686
History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
Electronic books.
Addl. Author OverDrive, Inc., distributor.
Related To Electronic version: Stewart, Ian, 1945- Significant figures. New York : Basic Books, 2017 9780465096138 (OCoLC)1002847998
Print version: Stewart, Ian, 1945- Significant figures. First US edition. New York : Basic Books, 2017 9780465096121 0465096123 (OCoLC)1002854696
ISBN 9780465096138 (electronic bk.)
0465096131 (electronic bk.)
Standard # 99974263713

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