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Great Feuds in Mathematics: Ten of the Liveliest Disputes Ever

Great Feuds in Mathematics: Ten of the Liveliest Disputes Ever

by Hal Hellman
     
 

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Praise for Hal Hellman

Great Feuds in Mathematics

"Those who think that mathematicians are cold, mechanical proving machines will do well to read Hellman's book on conflicts in mathematics. The main characters are as excitable and touchy as the next man. But Hellman's stories also show how scientific fights bring out sharper formulations and better

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Praise for Hal Hellman

Great Feuds in Mathematics

"Those who think that mathematicians are cold, mechanical proving machines will do well to read Hellman's book on conflicts in mathematics. The main characters are as excitable and touchy as the next man. But Hellman's stories also show how scientific fights bring out sharper formulations and better arguments."
-Professor Dirk van Dalen, Philosophy Department, Utrecht University

Great Feuds in Technology

"There's nothing like a good feud to grab your attention. And when it comes to describing the battle, Hal Hellman is a master."
-New Scientist

Great Feuds in Science

"Unusual insight into the development of science . . . I was excited by this book and enthusiastically recommend it to general as well as scientific audiences."
-American Scientist

"Hellman has assembled a series of entertaining tales . . . many fine examples of heady invective without parallel in our time."
-Nature

Great Feuds in Medicine

"This engaging book documents [the] reactions in ten of the most heated controversies and rivalries in medical history. . . . The disputes detailed are . . . fascinating. . . . It is delicious stuff here."
-The New York Times

"Stimulating."
-Journal of the American Medical Association

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* "…genuinely insightful…accurate…rapid and fluent…" (London Mathematical Society, January 2007)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780471648772
Publisher:
Turner Publishing Company
Publication date:
09/11/2006
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)

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"Those who think that mathematicians are cold, mechanic proving machines will do well to read Hellman's book on conflicts in mathematics. The main characters are as excitable and touchy as the next man, but Hellman's stories also show how scientific fights bring out sharper formulations and better arguments."
—Professor Dirk van Dalen, Philosophy Department, Utrecht University

"Hellman's fascinating book illustrates what can happen when great scholars employ weapons of math destruction."--William Dunham, Muhlenberg College, author of The Mathematical Universe: An Alphabetical Journey Through the Great Proofs, Problems, and Personalities

"A very engaging effort and a good introduction to the human side of mathematics."--Mathematics Association of America

Meet the Author

HAL HELLMAN is the author of Great Feuds in Science, Great Feuds in Medicine, and Great Feuds in Technology, all from Wiley. He has published articles in the New York Times, Omni, Reader's Digest, Psychology Today, and Geo.

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