Duel at Dawn: Heroes, Martyrs, and the Rise of Modern Mathematics
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating

Duel at Dawn: Heroes, Martyrs, and the Rise of Modern Mathematics

3.2 of 5 stars 3.20  ·  rating details  ·  20 ratings  ·  4 reviews
In the fog of a Paris dawn in 1832, Evariste Galois, the 20-year-old founder of modern algebra, was shot and killed in a duel. That gunshot, suggests Amir Alexander, marked the end of one era in mathematics and the beginning of another. Arguing that not even the purest mathematics can be separated from its cultural background, Alexander shows how popular stories about math...more
Hardcover, 307 pages
Published April 30th 2010 by Harvard University Press
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Duel at Dawn, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Duel at Dawn

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 73)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
Alita
This was a terrific book, so long as the reader has an interest in either math or in modern intellectual history. The only way this book could have been improved is if the author had included some contributions from women mathematicians. They are conspicuous by their absence. I realize that 19th c. Europe was not swimming in female geometres, but it seems inconceivable that they played absolutely *zero* role in the developments chronicled in this book. That said, it was terribly interesting read...more
Adam Boudreau
When I first read the description of this book on the dust jacket in the bookstore I realized I needed to buy the book immediately. When I got home, I started reading right away. I tore through the first parts of this book as the real stories of Galois and the authors premise came to light... but then my interest sort of stalled out after a while.

I think it had to do with the fact that this book wound up coming off as very repetitive. This book is extremely well researched and I loved finding ou...more
Nick Black
groundbreaking and meticulous research regarding the lives of galois, d'alambert, and abel (strongly refuting bell's the men of mathematics), but pretty repetitive after that, and lacking support for its central thesis.

the first book to have been read (for the first time, otherwise it'd be my cousin my gastroenterologist) in my new, permanent residence, hurrah! http://dank.qemfd.net/dankwiki/index.... w00t

--
http://bnreview.barnesandnoble.com/t5... (linked to from http://www.aldaily.com)
Elizabeth
Some really interesting points. But also super repetitive in places.
Jim Perry
Jim Perry marked it as to-read
Aug 11, 2014
Nick
Nick marked it as to-read
Aug 03, 2014
Nathan
Nathan marked it as to-read
Jun 15, 2014
Owen
Owen marked it as to-read
Jun 03, 2014
Jasmin Kocaer
Jasmin Kocaer marked it as to-read
May 18, 2014
Chloe M.
Chloe M. marked it as to-read
May 15, 2014
Fallon
Fallon marked it as to-read
May 08, 2014
Larry Haynes
Larry Haynes marked it as to-read
May 08, 2014
Bill Dallman
Bill Dallman marked it as to-read
May 07, 2014
Oren
Oren marked it as to-read
May 03, 2014
Kj
Kj marked it as to-read
Apr 22, 2014
Bill
Bill marked it as to-read
Apr 21, 2014
Slađana Šimrak
Slađana Šimrak is currently reading it
Mar 07, 2014
Vlrieg
Vlrieg marked it as to-read
Feb 22, 2014
Jon Bergdoll
Jon Bergdoll marked it as to-read
Feb 03, 2014
Steven R. Miller
Steven R. Miller marked it as to-read
Oct 13, 2013
Graham
Graham marked it as to-read
Sep 19, 2013
Amber Anderson
Amber Anderson is currently reading it
Sep 13, 2013
Jessica
Jessica marked it as to-read
Aug 16, 2013
« previous 1 3 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
188987
Amir Alexander teaches history at UCLA. He is the author of Geometrical Landscapes and Duel at Dawn. His work has been featured in Nature, the Guardian, among others. He lives in Los Angeles, California.
More about Amir Alexander...
Infinitesimal: How a Dangerous Mathematical Theory Shaped the Modern World Geometrical Landscapes: The Voyages of Discovery and the Transformation of Mathematical Practice

Share This Book