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Remarkable Mathematicians: From Euler to Von Neumann
by Ioan James
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 va ...more
Paperback, 448 pages
Published January 13th 2012 by Cambridge University Press
(first published March 1st 1903)
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Mini-biographies of lots of mathematicians in order of birth from 1705 to 1905. I think I learned more from this than from God Created the Integers. The biographies are well organized and clearly written. They name the mathematicians' most important research achievements and say what makes them important, but don't try to explain them. They also pay attention to the mathematicians' activity in teaching and administration. The book covers enough mathematicians from a small enough time period to s ...more