The Mind of the Mathematician

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What makes mathematicians tick? How do their minds process formulas and concepts that, for most of the rest of the world’s population, remain mysterious and beyond comprehension? Is there a connection between mathematical creativity and mental illness?

In The Mind of the Mathematician, internationally famous mathematician Ioan James and accomplished psychiatrist Michael Fitzgerald look at the complex world of mathematics and the mind. Together they explore the behavior and ...

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Overview

What makes mathematicians tick? How do their minds process formulas and concepts that, for most of the rest of the world’s population, remain mysterious and beyond comprehension? Is there a connection between mathematical creativity and mental illness?

In The Mind of the Mathematician, internationally famous mathematician Ioan James and accomplished psychiatrist Michael Fitzgerald look at the complex world of mathematics and the mind. Together they explore the behavior and personality traits that tend to fit the profile of a mathematician. They discuss mathematics and the arts, savants, gender and mathematical ability, and the impact of autism, personality disorders, and mood disorders.

These topics, together with a succinct analysis of some of the great mathematical personalities of the past three centuries, combine to form an eclectic and fascinating blend of story and scientific inquiry.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Editorial Reviews

Nature
The authors' careful treatments are an especially welcome addition to a genre riddled with apocryphal anecdotes and shoddy scholarship.

— Donald O'Shea

Mathematical Reviews
A fine book, providing for agreeable and easy reading.

— Michael Otte

Nature - Donald O'Shea

The authors' careful treatments are an especially welcome addition to a genre riddled with apocryphal anecdotes and shoddy scholarship.

Mathematical Reviews - Michael Otte

A fine book, providing for agreeable and easy reading.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801885877
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 4/27/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 196
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.82 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Fitzgerald is the Henry Marsh Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Trinity College Dublin. He is also a psychoanalyst with the International Psychoanalytic Association and the author of eighteen books. Ioan James was Savilian Professor of Geometry at Oxford University. He is the author of seven books and over one hundred research articles and an editor for the mathematical journal Topology.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Table of Contents


Preface     vii
Introduction     ix
Tour of the Literature
Mathematicians and Their World     3
Mathematical Ability     24
The Dynamics of Mathematical Creation     42
Twenty Mathematical Personalities
Lagrange, Gauss, Cauchy, and Dirichlet     67
Hamilton, Galois, Byron, and Riemann     88
Cantor, Kovalevskaya, Poincare, and Hilbert     105
Hadamard, Hardy, Noether, and Ramanujan     131
Fisher, Wiener, Dirac, and Godel     149
References     163
Index     175
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