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# Hilbert

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Now in new trade paper editions, these classic biographies of two of the greatest 20th Century mathematicians are being released under the Copernicus imprint. These noteworthy accounts of the lives of David Hilbert and Richard Courant are closely related: Courant's story is, in many ways, seen as the sequel to the story of Hilbert. Originally published to great acclaim, bo
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Paperback, 272 pages

Published
1996
by Springer
(first published January 1st 1970)

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Hilbert's life is truly fascinating and I find it interesting to understand how he came to be "the last mathematician that still understood (almost) every subject of mathematics". His dedication to learn new subjects led ...more

It's not worthy reading, a wasted time.

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Unfortunately that would be how I sum up Reid's biography of Hilbert. It is not a sad work. Hilbert's life was not sad at all. Much of his humour transcends mathematics, and as such Reid's biography is very accessible, and at the same tim ...more

Things get very, very depressing at the end.

Also, this is funny: the author in a preface-type thing says that she wrote the book for laymen. But the publisher, Springer-Verlag, promoted the book only to its existing audience, and that as a result it was only read by mathematicians and scientists. She expressed the hope that mathematicians will continue to read Hilbert, but "that it will also come at last into the hands of the mathematically interested laymen for whom I originally wrote it ...more

Outstanding. Even though the author is not a mathematician, it's clear she took the time to understand Hilbert's mathematical contributions and was able to explain them, in addition to giving great insight into what Hilbert was like as a person.

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A very good non-technical biography of one of the 19/20th century's greatest mathematicians
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“When people asked hilbert why he didn't prove Fermat's Last Theorem and win the Wolfskehl Prize, he said, "Why should I kill the goose that lays the golden egg?”
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