James Joseph Sylvester: Jewish Mathematician in a Victorian World
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James Joseph Sylvester: Jewish Mathematician in a Victorian World

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Here, in this first biographical study of James Joseph Sylvester, Karen Hunger Parshall makes a signal contribution to the history of mathematics, Victorian history, and the history of science.

A brilliant Cambridge student at first denied a degree because of his faith, Sylvester came twice to America to teach mathematics, ultimately becoming one of Daniel Coit Gilman's fac...more
Hardcover, 544 pages
Published March 29th 2006 by Johns Hopkins University Press
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Boris
Jul 30, 2008 Boris rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Mathematicians
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This is a professional biography written by a professional historian, not a writer. As such, it is a bit dry and sticks to the hard facts.
The facts are very interesting though, the author describes vividly the Cambridge education in the Victorian era, the life in the first American universities. The emergence of the profession of the research scientist and the research mathematician, in particular and much more. All those make the book a very interesting read.
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