Significant Figures

Significant Figures

The Lives and Work of Great Mathematicians

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A celebrated mathematician traces the history of math through the lives and work of twenty-five pioneering mathematicians

In Significant Figures, acclaimed mathematician Ian Stewart introduces the visionaries of mathematics throughout history. Delving into the lives of twenty-five great mathematicians, Stewart examines the roles they played in creating, inventing, and discovering the mathematics we use today. Through these short biographies, we get acquainted with the history of mathematics from Archimedes to Benoit Mandelbrot, and learn about those too often left out of the cannon, such as Muhammad ibn Musa al-Khwarizmi (c. 780-850), the creator of algebra, and Augusta Ada King (1815-1852), Countess of Lovelace, the world's first computer programmer.

Tracing the evolution of mathematics over the course of two millennia, Significant Figures will educate and delight aspiring mathematicians and experts alike.

Baker & Taylor
A mathematician spotlights the lives of twenty-five legendary people in his field and examines the impact they had on shaping today’s mathematics, including Archimedes, Benoit Mandelbrot, Muhammad ibn Musa al-Khwarizmi and Augusta Ada King. 20,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York :, Basic Books,, 2017.
Edition: First US edition
ISBN: 9780465096121
Characteristics: 303 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm
Contents: Do not disturb my circles: Archimedes
Master of the Way: Liu Hui
Dixit algorismi: Muhammad al-Khwarizmi
Innovator of the infinite: Madhava of Sangamagrama
The gambling astrologer: Girolamo Cardano
The last theorem: Pierre de Fermat
System of the world: Isaac Newton
Master of us all: Leonhard Euler
The heat operator: Joseph Fourier
Invisible scaffolding: Carl Friedrich Gauss
Bending the rules: Nikolai Ivanovich Lobachevsky
Radicals and revolutionaries: Évariste Galois
Enchantress of a number: Augusta Ada King
The laws of thought: George Boole
Musician of the primes: Bernhard Riemann
Cardinal of the continuum: Georg Cantor
The first great lady: Sofia Kovalevskaia
Ideas rose in crowds: Henri Poincaré
We must know, we shall know: David Hilbert
Overthrowing academic order: Emmy Noether
The formula man: Srinivasa Ramanujan
Incomplete and undecidable: Kurt Gödel
The machine stops: Alan Turing
Father of fractals: Benoit Mandelbrot
Outside in: William Thurston
Mathematical people.


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