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# A Strange Wilderness: The Lives of the Great Mathematicians

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Duels, battlefield heroism, secret societies, theft, imprisonment, and feuds fill the pages of

Archimedes famously ran naked through the streets shouting, “Eureka, eureka!” after ...more

*A Strange Wilderness*. As exciting as any action/adventure novel, this is actually the story of incredible individuals and engrossing tales behind the most profound, enduring mathematical theorems.Archimedes famously ran naked through the streets shouting, “Eureka, eureka!” after ...more

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October 4th 2011
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1) The descriptions were a little too cold and purely informative to me. They didn't have much life to ...more

It was an exciting read at first, learning about the Greeks and ...more

Although I did like this:

"There is a little-known story involving [mathematicians Andre] Weil, [Jacques] Hadamard, and the famous French anthropologist Claude Levi-Strauss. With the Nazi conquest of Paris in 1940, these three Jewish men found it extremely dangerous to stay in France (Weil had also deserted the French army), so they traveled to New York. Hadamard had a visiting professorship at Columbia University, and Levi-Strauss was trying to make sense of the complicated ...more

Pretty much a brief survey of famous mathematicians from antiquity to the 20th Century. Some biographical information, interesting facts, and description of their contribution.

A Strange Wilderness presents a systematic overview of mathematics’ advancements. Azcel’s chronological organization helps readers retain information in a methodical manner. Unlike standard ...more

I think every scientist and engineer should read this book. It not only provides a time line of discoveries, but it also puts many of them in context. I think everyone could gain from reading relevant sections of this book. Middle and high school students should definitely read section up to the discoveries of algebra and calculus before heading ...more

I liked Aczel's FERMAT'S LAST THEOREM very much; so A STRANGE WILDERNESS is a great disappointment.

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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 ...more

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 ...more

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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.”
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