Great Feuds in Mathematics: Ten of the Liveliest Disputes Everby 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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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."
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."
"Hellman has assembled a series of entertaining tales . . . many fine examples of heady invective without parallel in our time."
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
-Journal of the American Medical Association
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—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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