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Mathematicians: An Outer View of the Inner World

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"Mathematicians" is a remarkable collection of ninety-two photographic portraits, featuring some of the most amazing mathematicians of our time. Acclaimed photographer Mariana Cook captures the exuberant and colorful personalities of these brilliant thinkers and the superb images are accompanied by brief autobiographical texts written by each mathematician. Together, the p ...more
Hardcover, 199 pages
Published June 1st 2009 by Princeton University Press
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Amar Pai
Nov 22, 2011 rated it liked it
An odd book. Mitch mentioned the Princeton connection, which I hadn't noticed but which totally makes sense. It definitely has the air of a high quality vanity-press publication. I guess the guy who commissioned (sponsored? patronized?) it studied some math at Princeton as an undergrad, and retained his interest in mathematicians (particular Princeton ones, of which there are many). If I were rich this is definitely the kind of thing I'd do! So good job Princeton guy.

Anyway the reason I say the
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Shana
Sep 07, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I am fascinated by mathematicians, and this book, with its photo plus interview/essay style, is a pleasure to peruse.

I don't typically understand the research each person discusses, but I love reading about their earliest "mathematical memories" and how their home lives and intense internal dialogues made them who they are.
They talk a lot about mathematics being true in a way other sciences are not and about the joy of turning one idea over and over in their minds for often years at a time. (I'v
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Ming
Jun 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
If I were to rate this book based purely on the amount of skill that Mariana cook took to get this thing into existence, then I would rate it 3.5-4 stars. But in terms of the value of this book, all I can say is that I am incredibly grateful that it exists. I was a Humanities student in high school / Junior college, and I made a relatively late (and drastic) decision to become a mathematics major during my years at UChicago. Profesisonal mathematicians have always seemed to stand at a lip of a c ...more
Roberto Rigolin F Lopes
Jan 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Here we have a bunch of interesting people sharing their relationships with mathematics in short essays. You will find striking views of mathematics together with their motivations to go for it as a career. The whole thing is personal even including photos; some essays are also fun and quite inspiring.
Nick
Aug 22, 2009 rated it really liked it
Fun and vaguely inspiring book. Nice to be reminded that mathematics is awesome. I'd be interested in a book of the same premise, but with math profs from small, liberal arts schools, instead of the MIT and Princeton sorts of places.
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