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MATHEMATICAL APOCRYPHA: STORIES AND ANECDOTES OF MATHEMATICIANS & THE MATHEMATICAL

MATHEMATICAL APOCRYPHA: STORIES AND ANECDOTES OF MATHEMATICIANS & THE MATHEMATICAL

MATHEMATICAL APOCRYPHA: STORIES AND ANECDOTES OF MATHEMATICIANS & THE MATHEMATICAL

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Mathematical Apocrypha
by Steven G. Krantz

Mathematical Apocrypha is a book of stories about mathematicians and the mathematical. It differs from other books of its kind in that it includes many stories about contemporary mathematicians. Many of these stories are derived from the author's direct or second-hand experience, and have never before appeared in print. The stories are told in a brisk and engaging style, and are enhanced by numerous photographs and illustrations. These stories convey the nature of mathematical enterprise, and give the reader a glimpse of mathematical culture.

The author says in the Preface: I have spent my entire adult life hanging around academics and have never encountered a group that is so hell-bent on telling stories about each other as are mathematicians. With this book I plant my flag as a storyteller.The theme of the book is strictly mathematical. Some of the stories, however, are about people who adhere to mathematics but cannot strictly be called mathematicians. Included are stories about Bertrand Russell, Alfred North Whitehead, and Albert Einstein, along with stories about mathematicians Erdös, Doob, Besicovitch, Atiyah, Wiener, Mary Ellen and Walter Rudin, Pólya, Halmos, Littlewood and many, many more legendary mathematicians. This book will appeal to students from high school through graduate school, as well as to faculty, and to mathematical scientists of all stripes.

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  • Brand name: MAA
  • Author: Steven G. Krantz
  • ISBN: 9780883855393
  • 280 pp.
  • Paperback
  • 2002
  • Series: Spectrum
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