Amir D. Aczel


Born
in Haifa, Israel
November 06, 1950

Died
November 26, 2015

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Amir Aczel was an Israeli-born American author of popular science and mathematics books. He was a lecturer in mathematics and history of mathematics.

He studied at the University of California, Berkeley. Getting graduating with a BA in mathematics in 1975, received a Master of Science in 1976 and several years later accomplished his Ph.D. in Statistics from the University of Oregon. He died in Nîmes, France in 2015.

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Fermat's Last Theorem: Unlo...

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Entanglement

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God's Equation: Einstein, R...

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The Mystery of the Aleph: M...

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Finding Zero: A Mathematici...

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The Jesuit and the Skull: T...

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The Riddle of the Compass: ...

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Descartes' Secret Notebook:...

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Why Science Does Not Dispro...

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Present at the Creation: Th...

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“Mathematics is not a careful march down a well cleared highway, but a journey into a strange wilderness, where the explorers often get lost.”
Amir D. Aczel, A Strange Wilderness: The Lives of the Great Mathematicians

“In so many ways, the same impulse to know the world and our place in it is at the roots of both science and spirituality. Both are attempts to illuminate the mysteries of our world and expand our vision of the greater whole. By charting the history of science, I hope these pages have shown how vital and awesome real science is. Throughout history, scientific discovery has brought us closer to the wonders of life and the universe—and immeasurably deepened our appreciation for creation. It engages the world and inspires the best in us. But the pursuit of truth should not be driven by zealous agenda. Nor should it overreach and speak with righteous authority where it’s on unsolid ground. That’s not science—and let’s not allow those who falsely invoke its name to diminish us.”
Amir D. Aczel, Why Science Does Not Disprove God

“[Davidson] Black procured cadavers for research, obtained from the Peking police department. These cadavers were mostly of people who had been executed for various crimes; the police regularly sent Black truckloads of the bodies of the executed convicts. Execution in China was by beheading, and thus the cadavers Black received lacked heads and had mutilated necks. After some time, he asked the police whether there was any possibility of getting better dead bodies for research - corpses that were intact. The next day, he received a shipment of convicts, all chained together, with a note from the police asking him to kill them in any way he chose.”
Amir D. Aczel, The Jesuit and the Skull: Teilhard de Chardin, Evolution, and the Search for Peking Man

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