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Behind the arcane realm of mathematical numbers, equations, and solutions lies the sometimes sordid world...
Behind the arcane realm of mathematical numbers, equations, and solutions lies the sometimes sordid world of real people, whose rivalries and deceptions are at odds with the mathematician's reputation for clear thinking and scientific detachment. In this highly readable volume, Pappas livens up the world of mathematics with 29 fascinating stories about its little-known scandals. 20 photos. 30 illustrations. 192 pp.
|The irrational number cover-up||1|
|Ada Byron Lovelace's addiction||7|
|Exposing L'Hospital's claim to fame||16|
|Whose solids are they anyway?||22|
|The paranoia of Kurt Godel||26|
|Newton's apple never was||35|
|Mathematical "Brooklyn Bridge"||39|
|Christians murder Hypatia||44|
|Cantor driven to nervous breakdown||50|
|The mathematician who pleaded insanity||59|
|The scandalous treatment of Alan Turing||63|
|Fourier cooks his own goose||68|
|The secret work of Carl Gauss||73|
|Female mathematician crashes the old boy's club||80|
|Newton was no sweet cookie||86|
|Where's the Nobel Prize in mathematics?||96|
|Was Galois jinxed?||102|
|I sleep therefore I think||109|
|The feud over who invented calculus||115|
|The truth about Einstein & Maric - It's all relative||121|
|Cardano vs. Tartaglia - Who was maligned?||131|
|About the author||151|
Posted October 16, 2001
As a compilation of very short stories of mathematician biographies, the book is OK. I suppose it's nice to see at least one attempt at putting the human element to the field of mathematics. However, with only a few pages devoted to each individual, the book is probably better suited for generating interest within a younger crowd. It would have been helpful to see an overall timeline or summary diagram showing the interrelations among the individuals and topics rather than just a series of discrete stories. I was disappointed to see numerous grammatical and spelling errors in the book (I counted 5 alone in the first 40 pages). One would think that the demanding exactitude mathematicians must possess when presenting their own theorems and proofs would carry over into a simple grammar/spell check. Unfortunately, the errors not only help to underscore the stereotypical division between technical and nontechnical people, but they don't set a good example for young students.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 2, 2001
this book promises to be intriging through the title and chapter titles but never delivers. there it too much waiting for the story to climax and when it does it is too short and un detailed very bad write indeedWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 20, 2000
Very good for the novice mathematics history buff. This title contains several anti-Newton titles and much controversy in general. It's a real 'Weekly World News' for any <i>historia mathematica amans</i> .Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.