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

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

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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

*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

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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.

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